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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’s 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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Do suburban shopping malls deserve all the hatred?

Some planners and urban sophisticates view suburban shopping malls with disdain. Yet they offer choice, convenience, walkability and ‘buzz’. Oh, and the 90%+ who live in the suburbs like them

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Will “protecting” the suburbs safeguard affordability?

State governments are keen to “protect” the suburbs from redevelopment pressures. But it’s not clear they’re doing enough to protect housing affordability and choice

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Are Australian cities sprawling at ever-lower densities?

The stereotype of Australian cities is they sprawl for a hundred kilometres from one side to the other at ridiculously low densities and are getting worse. Yet it’s not true – they’re getting denser

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What can other cities learn from New York’s High Line?

The High Line is a great example of how to re-use abandoned infrastructure. But cities seeking to emulate its success should consider that “re-purposing” is not always the right decision

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Is Canberra the worst city in Australia?

Poor Canberra. It’s the most planned city in the country yet it’s a byword for all the horrors of car-based 21st century cities. But is it as appalling as its detractors make out or are they out of touch?

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Can we protect that intangible ‘sense of place’?

It’s hard to protect an intangible quality like the culture of a place because what gave rise to it isn’t clear. Governments need to work much harder to understand the underlying mechanics of place

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Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

There are numerous calls to “de-politicise” strategic land use and infrastructure decisions by putting them at arm’s length from state and local government politicians

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