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Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Alan DaviesFeb 17, 201417 Comments

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

How big can a hospital get?

How big can a hospital get?

Alan DaviesApr 19, 20138 Comments

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

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

Alan DaviesFeb 25, 20138 Comments

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?

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

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

Alan DaviesDec 6, 20129 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesDec 3, 20129 Comments

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.

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

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

Alan DaviesMay 8, 20128 Comments

Work on preparing Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy finally went “live” on the internet yesterday with the curious slogan,

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne?

Alan DaviesMar 26, 201013 Comments

How big is Melbourne really? This issue is ‘front of mind’ this morning because of a recent