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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

‘River may be dammed for new tollway’ says The Age. Either Victoria’s Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

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What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it’s used or consensus about what a metro actually is

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Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn’t true

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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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Is it high time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

64 of the world’s busiest airports are served by heavy or light rail but Melbourne Airport, which ranks 50th, isn’t. Wisely, the Victorian Government has no plans to build a rail line yet

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Cities: what’s the responsibility of the media?

It’s great that Fairfax is actively promoting discussion about cities and putting new information in the public realm; but with that goes a responsibility to ensure the input is useful and relevant

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Is this ranking of “the most liveable suburbs” believable?

Liveability is a handy idea but it’s hard to define it in a useful way. However the media love a list, so we invariably end up with flawed exercises like this one from Fairfax

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It’s still ailing, so what next for Melbourne Bike Share?

It’s been going for five years but Melbourne Bike Share still struggles to generate much interest; it’s time to look at other ways this valuable infrastructure could be used

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Are these CBD planning changes mostly symbolic?

New planning rules intended to improve CBD amenity in the face of Melbourne’s apartment tower boom look like Clayton’s rules. The problem they’re supposedly addressing has probably passed

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Is being “the world’s most liveable city” such a big deal?

Yet again The Economist’s Global Liveability Index is dominated by Australasian and Canadian cities, but it says little about their differences or what they’re like to live in permanently

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