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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

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Can we build a metro just like the one Paris’s got?

Many Australians form their views about how public transport should work from their experiences of cities in other countries. But we can’t expect to replicate something like the Paris Metro

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Including peak car, infrastructure evaluation, apartment standards, cycling safety, architecture, public transport in the 50s, cars in the 70s, liveable cities, planning new suburbs, and more

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Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, “dog box” apartments, and more

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Does ‘peak car’ mean traffic congestion is going away?

There’s a misconception that the passing of ‘peak car’ also means the passing of ‘peak traffic congestion’. That’s not true and hence demands for more motorways to combat congestion will persist

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Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

VicRoads acknowledges that addressing traffic congestion needs a wider view than simply building more roads. Sure, but preparing cities for the future also needs a broader view than congestion

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Recap: all the doggone topics discussed by The Urbanist in May

Including the fashion for small dogs, dog box apartments, barking railway advertising, teaching old dogs to drive, two wheeler rottweiler, collaring the Greens on transport policy, watching a Doggies match, chasing cars, and a ruff deal for Sth Yarra…

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Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Contrary to Mr Abbott’s assertion, the East West Link isn’t necessary to reduce urban traffic congestion; it’s a symptom of the failure of governments at all levels to manage excessive demand.

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We’ve done it before, so why can’t we build heaps more rail lines?

It might seem easy to build more rail lines given so many were built in the past. But in some cases we wouldn’t tolerate the same conditions that provided much of our legacy infrastructure

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