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From Brisbland to Brisvegas: but is it a more interesting place?

Like other capital cities, Brisbane has changed enormously over the last 20-30 years, especially in the centre; but it’s less clear if it’s become a more interesting and distinctive place

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Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Victoria’s new Planning Minister is happy to talk down city centre skyscrapers but he should appreciate the impact on metropolitan housing affordability of any action he takes to limit supply

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Why has Sydney’s density been falling for 150 years?

In the middle of the nineteenth century Sydney was denser than Manhattan, but while the latter’s population density continued to increase, peaking in 1910, Sydney’s fell sharply after 1861

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Population density: is Sydney an outlier?

When it comes to precincts of very high population density in Australia there’s only Sydney and Melbourne; well, there’s really only Sydney – it’s “another country” in terms of close living

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Is life in Canberra really like capital punishment?

Canberra-bashing is a common bloodsport in Australian media. The Guardian and the Herald-Sun are the latest to the fray, but do they land some telling blows or are they bullies missing the mark?

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Why don’t we “green the streets of Australia”?

A program to “green the streets of Australia” through planting trees and better design could be a cost-effective way to improve the quality of urban streetscapes and the amenity of residents

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Can (traditional) Kings Cross be saved?

The traditional role of Sydney’s Kings Cross as a place to walk on the wild side is under threat. But if the forces that created it no longer apply, it’s unlikely the “old” Cross can be saved

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Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

Five Australasian cities and three Canadian cities dominate the annual Global Liveability Index, but it doesn’t tell us much about cities as places to live, or the differences between them

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Tea Party planning: do the ends justify the means?

Objectors increasingly cite town planning concerns as reasons to oppose new developments. But as opposition to a mosque in Bendigo shows, it’s often about the ‘who’ rather than the ‘what’

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Does this strategic plan really spurn sprawl?

Metropolitan strategic plans seek to reduce sprawl by directing the lion’s share of growth to established parts of the city. Despite what it claims, Plan Melbourne seems to do the opposite

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