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ALAN DAVIES | February 12, 2015 | CYCLING | 11 |

Are bicycle freeways the way cycling should be headed?

Glamorous proposals for dedicated cycling infrastructure seem to be all the go but they’re not the best way forward. Lots of dull and boring – but safe – bike paths are mostly what’s needed

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ALAN DAVIES | February 11, 2015 | PLANNING | 16 |

Why has Sydney’s density been falling for 150 years?

In the middle of the nineteenth century Sydney was denser than Manhattan, but while the latter’s population density continued to increase, peaking in 1910, Sydney’s fell sharply after 1861

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ALAN DAVIES | February 10, 2015 | HOUSING | 41 |

More overreach on the problem of high-rise towers?

Another week, another negative story from Fairfax on the ‘problem’ of high-rise residential towers. There’s a need for better planning but there’s also a need for better public debate

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ALAN DAVIES | February 05, 2015 | ART | 5 |

Can artists do good work from the suburbs?

Gentrification has made it harder for artists to live and work in the inner city. But it’s not as critical a location for them as it once was; many – probably most – live in the suburbs or the country

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ALAN DAVIES | February 03, 2015 | CYCLING | 28 |

How far can cycling go in Australian cities?

Is there any reason why cycling couldn’t be as popular in Sydney or Brisbane as it is in Amsterdam? Is it just a matter of providing infrastructure and supportive regulatory policies?

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ALAN DAVIES | February 02, 2015 | HOUSING | 21 |

Is it time to cap “the era of the skyscraper”?

Victoria’s new government shouldn’t dismiss CBD residential towers as the playthings of avaricious developers. It should think about the wider benefits from increased housing supply

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ALAN DAVIES | January 29, 2015 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | 5 |

Do architects care what the users of their buildings want?

An increasingly familiar critique of architects is they don’t create buildings that resonate with users. That’s a real issue, but let’s not lose sight of the fact there’s also much they get right

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ALAN DAVIES | January 27, 2015 | CYCLING | 29 |

Is it time to wave goodbye to Melbourne Bike Share?

The new Victorian government has to decide what to do about the lacklustre performance of Melbourne Bicycle Share. One possible action could be to exempt it from the mandatory helmet law

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ALAN DAVIES | January 21, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 25 |

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

The great majority of commuters in Australia’s major cities work in locations where public transport is so uncompetitive relative to cars they’re prepared to pay a big premium to drive.

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ALAN DAVIES | January 20, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 1 |

Future transport: what can we learn from New Zealand?

Many long term strategic plans for Australian cities say little about the future they’re actually planning for. Policy makers could learn a lot from New Zealand’s Future Transport project

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