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Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Alan DaviesMar 22, 201618 Comments

The idea of Sydney and Melbourne doubling in population to eight million by the 2050s conjures images of total traffic gridlock and super long commutes. Fortunately, it's not likely

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

Alan DaviesJun 30, 201523 Comments

A speculation on some of the wider and less commonly cited changes - not all positive - that might happen in a would where autonomous vehicles have replaced human controlled vehicles

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Alan DaviesOct 18, 20135 Comments

Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

Alan DaviesMay 1, 201322 Comments

The chances of getting the massive funding required to build major urban rail projects any time soon don't look promising. What might happen to our cities if they're never built?

Are there issues that don't warrant consultation?

Are there issues that don't warrant consultation?

Alan DaviesMar 7, 20133 Comments

The received wisdom these days is the structure of big cities should be 'polycentric' rather than 'monocentric'. It's apparently so self-evidently desireable there's no need to consult with the public!

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.

Should the

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,

'Melbournes': how many are there?

'Melbournes': how many are there?

Alan DaviesMay 1, 20126 Comments

A new Australian site, Other Cities, has just published a must-read article for anyone interested in cities. It’s an