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ALAN DAVIES | December 23, 2014 | MISCELLANEOUS | 1 |

What were the most-read articles in 2014?

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2014, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

ALAN DAVIES | December 22, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 66 |

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today – say in a city such as Sydney – would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult

ALAN DAVIES | December 18, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 12 |

Should vehicle rego be paid via the petrol pump?

Police data suggests that a surprisingly large number of vehicles on the roads are unregistered. The Commonwealth and States need to think about how this problem should be addressed

ALAN DAVIES | December 17, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 22 |

What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

The public release of the business case for the East West Link shows the importance of transparent and rational assessment of infrastructure proposals rather than faith-based advocacy

ALAN DAVIES | December 15, 2014 | PLANNING | 17 |

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?

ALAN DAVIES | December 11, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 40 |

Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

The Greens appear to have a change of heart on Melbourne Metro but the party’s support for a rail line to Doncaster is mystifying. It’s not a project progressives should regard as a priority

ALAN DAVIES | December 10, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 10 |

Is extending rail to Mernda about good policy (or smart politics)?

The key parties all promised to build a rail line to outer suburban Mernda at the Victorian election, but good public transport could be provided in the area for a fraction of the cost

ALAN DAVIES | December 09, 2014 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | 18 |

Should we regret ancient Egypt built the pyramids?

The world is surely a better place for having icons like the Sydney Opera House and Egypt’s pyramids. It’s much less clear though that it was worth it at the time they were built

ALAN DAVIES | December 08, 2014 | HOUSING | 6 |

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Smaller projects in established suburbs are a key way of increasing housing supply but are often problematic because of their impact on existing residents; considerate design and scale is crucial

ALAN DAVIES | December 05, 2014 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 8 |

Are Australians driving more (or a lot less?)

State and Commonwealth politicians should take a long and hard look at this chart from a recent Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport report. They should get it tattooed on their brains.


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