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Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Claims made last week about High Speed Rail and the East-West Link show yet again just how blithely and contemptuously Australian politicians treat the facts – integrity is optional

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How big can a hospital get?

The Texas Medical Centre concentrates more than 15 hospitals and a range of medicine-related institutions in 1,000 acres. It’s a powerful example of the benefits of agglomeration and specialisation

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Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

We’re increasingly being told we need higher job densities in our cities to exploit ‘agglomeration economies’ associated with the ‘knowledge economy’. But are the benefits exaggerated?

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Why is Sydney’s CBD growing slower than Melbourne’s?

Jobs grew faster in Melbourne’s centre than in Sydney’s over 2006 to 2011. It might be that Melbourne makes it a lot easier for firms to locate in and near the CBD.

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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.

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Is Melbourne’s Metro Strategy off to a bad start?

Work on preparing Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy finally went “live” on the internet yesterday with the curious slogan, A Vision for Victoria. Victoria?! Although officers in the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) have been working away privately for almost a year, this is the public launch of the Strategy. This is, so [...]

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How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne really? This issue is ‘front of mind’ this morning because of a recent claim in The Age that Melbourne “is already the eighth largest city in the world in geographical size, stretching about 100 km from east to west”. This is a common view. In June last year The Age’s editorialist said [...]

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