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Hard urban infrastructure (roads, rail lines, water, sewage, gas, electricity, etc) and soft urban infrastructure (schools, child minding centres, activity centres, etc

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How dense are our cities compared to Paris?

How dense are our cities compared to Paris?

Alan DaviesNov 30, 201512 Comments

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

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

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

Alan DaviesNov 18, 201519 Comments

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

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Alan DaviesSep 24, 2015

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

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Alan DaviesSep 10, 20153 Comments

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

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Alan DaviesAug 12, 2015

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

Does 'peak car' mean traffic congestion is going away?

Does 'peak car' mean traffic congestion is going away?

Alan DaviesAug 3, 20153 Comments

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

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

Alan DaviesJul 7, 201516 Comments

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

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

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

Alan DaviesJun 18, 2015

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...

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Alan DaviesApr 16, 201511 Comments

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.

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

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

Alan DaviesApr 13, 201537 Comments

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