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ALAN DAVIES | August 17, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 4 |

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

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ALAN DAVIES | August 13, 2015 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | |

Do architects go crazy when they design their own houses?

The stereotype is architects go into “batshit crazy” mode when they’ve got the freedom to design their own house. A new book suggests that’s out of date; these architects focus on good design

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ALAN DAVIES | August 12, 2015 | MISCELLANEOUS | |

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, “dog box” apartments, and more

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ALAN DAVIES | August 10, 2015 | CYCLING | 6 |

Why is the number of cycling fatalities falling?

Cycling is riskier than driving but contrary to popular wisdom the long term trend in the number of riders killed on Australian roads is downward (but not such good news for MAMILs)

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ALAN DAVIES | August 06, 2015 | HOUSING | 4 |

Apartment standards: is policy being made in a vacuum?

It looks like Victoria’s Planning Minister has gone too far on minimum apartment standards to back off now. It’s up to the Premier to make sure the proper analysis is done first

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ALAN DAVIES | August 05, 2015 | AIRPORTS & AVIATION | 3 |

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Victoria’s Opposition reckons the lack of a rail line to Melbourne Airport is a major and pressing problem for the city. Evaluating claims like this must be a key role of Infrastructure Victoria

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ALAN DAVIES | August 03, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 2 |

Does ‘peak car’ mean traffic congestion is going away?

There’s a misconception that the passing of ‘peak car’ also means the passing of ‘peak traffic congestion’. That’s not true and hence demands for more motorways to combat congestion will persist

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ALAN DAVIES | July 30, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 16 |

The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

Guest writer Liam Egerton argues there’s a simpler, cheaper and quicker option for creating a modern metro in Melbourne than the proposed $9-$11 billion Melbourne Metro tunnel under the CBD

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ALAN DAVIES | July 29, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 7 |

Do multi-storey carparks at railway stations make sense?

Building car parks at rail stations might seem like a smart idea if it gives more travelers the opportunity to use trains for most of their journey. But it’s costly and isn’t likely to drive patronage

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ALAN DAVIES | July 28, 2015 | HOUSING | 1 |

Does “good design” actually mean “more stuff”?

A common argument in the debate around apartment standards is size doesn’t matter; good design does. But “good design” looks like code for making residents have “more stuff” they don’t want

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