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ALAN DAVIES | August 19, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 13 |

Who gives a shit about public transport users?

If you want to know if a public transport system is good – if it puts the wellbeing of travellers as its number one priority – then just measure the accessibilty and quality of toilets provided for users

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ALAN DAVIES | August 18, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 15 |

Fuel excise indexation: is the key issue low incomes?

Joe Hockey’s gaffe last week on the Government’s plan to restore fuel excise indexation highlights the need to address the low incomes of many Australians rather than oppose a sound policy

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ALAN DAVIES | August 14, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 15 |

Do the poor have fewer cars like Joe Hockey says?

Joe Hockey is right that rates of car ownership are lower for the “poor” relative to the “rich”, however what he overlooks is the great majority of lower income households nevertheless have a car

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ALAN DAVIES | August 13, 2014 | CYCLING | 8 |

Would a Veloway be a smart way to advance cycling?

A proposed elevated bicycle “freeway” in Melbourne’s CBD would separate cyclists from traffic, but it’s not necessary and the implicit philosophy could undermine the legitimacy of cycling

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ALAN DAVIES | August 11, 2014 | AIRPORTS & AVIATION | 30 |

Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

The WA Government says it will build a train line to Perth airport for $2.2 billion, but it makes no economic or social sense; as with Melbourne airport, there’re much higher transport priorities

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ALAN DAVIES | August 06, 2014 | HOUSING | 9 |

Progressive narrative on city centre apartments falls short

Grant Wyeth says it’s the progressive, not the conservative, narrative that’s doing the most damage to those who need access and opportunity in Melbourne’s apartment market

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ALAN DAVIES | August 03, 2014 | ART | 17 |

Is Sydney’s Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Sydney City Council’s proposed giant Cloud Arch sculpture looks good, but means little. Australia’s premier city should aspire to something more authentic than a giant logo

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ALAN DAVIES | July 31, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 10 |

Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

A draft Infrastructure Australia report says officially forecast traffic congestion is double what’s actually happening; flawed methodology overstates the need for new urban roads

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ALAN DAVIES | July 30, 2014 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | 16 |

Why is Federation Square such a success?

The Landscape Architects Network says Melbourne’s Federation Square is the sixth best public square in the world, tipping out the likes of Times Square. Why is it so successful?

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ALAN DAVIES | July 27, 2014 | HOUSING | 6 |

Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be “the slums of tomorrow”. But does the claim hold up on closer examination?

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