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Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

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

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

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

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

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

Is Turnbull's

Is Turnbull's "30-minute city" all spin (or a really useful idea)?

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"

Is Eddie McGuire's

Is Eddie McGuire's "Victoria Stadium" what Melbourne needs?

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"

Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Alan DaviesMar 2, 201614 Comments

A study of urban form in the US concludes that increasing the density of population and employment is a slow way to significantly reduce car use compared to directly pricing driving

Is it a problem there’s no Minister for Cities anymore?

Is it a problem there’s no Minister for Cities anymore?

Alan DaviesFeb 17, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't need a Minister for Cities; his decision to take direct control of the portfolio is personal. It is very likely, as he says, an improvement on previous arrangements

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Alan DaviesDec 16, 20151 Comment

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?

Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?

Alan DaviesDec 14, 201511 Comments

Decking over motorways to provide more parkland might sound like a wonderful thing but it would be extraordinarily expensive and very hard to justify in our low density cities

Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

Alan DaviesDec 1, 201512 Comments

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn't true