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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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Are politicians doing what’s needed to grow our cities?

The transport and planning policies routinely touted by politicians won’t equip Australian cities to cope with projected growth. Much more fundamental, but politically difficult, actions are needed

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Is building new lines the key measure of progress with rail?

The measure of how well cities do in improving public transport isn’t just extra kilometres of track; it’s also how much extra capacity is provided in the public transport system as a whole

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Is lack of investment in trains why the inner city is so expensive?

Property prices have risen much faster in the inner city than the outer suburbs over the last 30 years. One theory is that under-investment in rail connecting the suburbs to the CBD is the culprit

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Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

A train to Melbourne Airport would be more comfortable than SkyBus and one day it’ll no doubt be needed, but the Victorian Premier is right; there are much more pressing priorities for the scarce public dollar

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