Alan DaviesMay 26, 20162 Comments
Some residents of inner city Sydney oppose a new McDonald's store they say will destroy their suburb's "village feel". But is it much the same impulse as opposing a mosque?
Alan DaviesMay 24, 20161 Comment
First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are that both initiatives are more about politics than policy
Alan DaviesMay 23, 20164 Comments
The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive "quarter acre" lots is common but it's a myth and was never true in the modern era
Alan DaviesMay 9, 20168 Comments
Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they're really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl
Alan DaviesMay 2, 20164 Comments
The Prime Minister's vaunted Smart Cities Plan is light on actions but it offers some interesting insights into the Government's thinking on cities policy
Alan DaviesMar 31, 20161 Comment
More diversity seems to be a “no-brainer” to most urban policy-makers and it's mostly a very good thing, but insisting on it at every scale misunderstands what big cities are about
Alan DaviesMar 30, 20168 Comments
Requiring new developments to have more 2 & 3 bedroom apartments is questionable policy - it may impact affordability; it's unnecessary; and it probably won’t work anyway
Alan DaviesMar 22, 201618 Comments
The idea of Sydney and Melbourne doubling in population to eight million by the 2050s conjures images of total traffic gridlock and super long commutes. Fortunately, it's not likely
Alan DaviesMar 16, 20168 Comments
Politicians don't like to be too specific because it invites criticism and accountability, so both the Government and the Opposition are spinning the aspirational idea of "the 30-minute city"
Alan DaviesMar 11, 20165 Comments
Collingwood football club Chair Eddie McGuire has a grand proposal for a new stadium he says provides "an opportunity to reshape and remodel Melbourne for the next 50 to 100 years"