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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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Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Australia’s capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can’t imagine different futures won’t cope with an uncertain outlook

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Are there too many Councils in Australian cities?

Many argue the large number of urban Councils favours local interests over metropolitan objectives, especially in planning. There’s a case for rationalising the number and powers of Councils

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Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Sydney is Australia‚Äôs acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney’s growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne’s

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The “20 minute neighbourhood”: does it make sense?

The idea that every home should have local services and facilities within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip seems a no-brainer. But is it a worthwhile and realistic goal, or a dream?

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