tip off

The “20 minute neighbourhood”: does it make sense?

The idea that every home should have local services and facilities within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip seems a no-brainer. But is it a worthwhile and realistic goal, or a dream?


Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Like John Brumby before him, Ted Baillieu thinks big cities are made up of lots of self-contained villages. That’s worrying because it means the Premier of Victoria doesn’t get what cities are about


Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.