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Is High Speed Rail our National Boondoggle?

Is High Speed Rail our National Boondoggle?

Alan DaviesApr 12, 20169 Comments

The Prime Minister's embrace of east coast High Speed Rail and his spinning of value capture removes any doubt he's just as cynical and opportunistic as Labor and the Greens

How important is cycling in Australian cities?

How important is cycling in Australian cities?

Alan DaviesApr 11, 20164 Comments

New data shows cycling is already much more important than policy-makers recognise. More trips are made by bicycle on a weekday in Melbourne than are made by either tram or bus

Why are Australians downsizing their dogs?

Why are Australians downsizing their dogs?

Alan DaviesApr 7, 201611 Comments

The shift towards higher density living seems an obvious reason why Australians are apparently downsizing their dogs; but there are other possible explanations too, like fashion

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Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Alan DaviesApr 6, 20166 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

Does this historic building require more

Does this historic building require more "breathing space"?

Alan DaviesApr 5, 20164 Comments

Critics say a proposed new residential tower to be built next door to Brisbane's historic former Customs House will endanger the heritage values of the old building

How safe is cycling on roads in Australian cities?

How safe is cycling on roads in Australian cities?

Alan DaviesApr 4, 20163 Comments

Cycling on roads in large cities like Melbourne is much more likely to get you killed than driving, but the risk is still extremely low and the individual and social benefits are high

Has Turnbull's cities rhetoric radicalised the Liberal Premiers?

Has Turnbull's cities rhetoric radicalised the Liberal Premiers?

Alan DaviesApr 1, 20164 Comments

Comments by Australia’s conservative Premiers indicate the PM isn’t alone in his embrace of new urbanist philosophy. It seems traditional political understandings might need to be revised

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

Alan DaviesMar 31, 20161 Comment

More diversity seems to be a “no-brainer” to most urban policy-makers and it's mostly a very good thing, but insisting on it at every scale misunderstands what big cities are about

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Alan DaviesMar 30, 20168 Comments

Requiring new developments to have more 2 & 3 bedroom apartments is questionable policy - it may impact affordability; it's unnecessary; and it probably won’t work anyway

Are Sydney's

Are Sydney's "empty homes" the result of perverse tax incentives?

Alan DaviesMar 29, 201614 Comments

It's not certain Sydney even has a serious "empty homes" problem much less one driven by tax incentives. There are simpler and more plausible explanations for unoccupied dwellings