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ALAN DAVIES | December 16, 2015 | MEDIA BOTCH | 1 |

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

ALAN DAVIES | December 15, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 12 |

Are equity concerns with congestion charging a deal breaker?

There’s lots of support for the principle of congestion charging but many progressives are ambivalent because of concerns about the equity of the policy. That view needs a rethink

ALAN DAVIES | December 14, 2015 | PLANNING | 11 |

Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?

Decking over motorways to provide more parkland might sound like a wonderful thing but it would be extraordinarily expensive and very hard to justify in our low density cities

ALAN DAVIES | December 11, 2015 | LINKS | |

Multifarious links for urbanists

Links to eight interesting new articles on cities from around the traps

ALAN DAVIES | December 09, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 13 |

What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?

If our cities are going to benefit from the transformative potential of autonomous vehicles, we need to start building a consensus now that they should be implemented strictly as shared vehicles

ALAN DAVIES | December 08, 2015 | MISCELLANEOUS | 4 |

Innovation: haven’t we been here before?

The Prime Minister’s innovation statement looks like the grandchild of the high profile programs Bob Hawke and his Industry Minister, John Button, set up in the early 1980s

ALAN DAVIES | December 07, 2015 | MEDIA BOTCH | 3 |

Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?

The Walkleys capture a view of journalism that’s extraordinarily important but it’s not the only one. The Awards could do more to encourage journalists to analyse “boring” policy issues

ALAN DAVIES | December 02, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 3 |

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it’s used or consensus about what a metro actually is

ALAN DAVIES | December 01, 2015 | PLANNING | 12 |

Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn’t true

ALAN DAVIES | November 30, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 12 |

How dense are our cities compared to Paris?

The population density of metropolitan Paris is five times that of Melbourne. It explains a lot about why Australian cities have developed in different ways and must devise local solutions