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Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be “the slums of tomorrow”. But does the claim hold up on closer examination?

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Seriously, does even storage in new apartments need to be regulated?

The Victorian Government Architect is proposing a mandatory design standard for apartments. But it’s not all milk and honey; it’ll lower housing supply, raise costs and reduce housing choice

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Should Labor repudiate Melbourne’s East West Link?

Victorian Labor’s argument that it must accept a signed contract for the proposed East West Link if it wins this year’s State election gets weaker as the November 29 2014 election date gets closer

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Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Another look at the claim the typical outer suburban commuter travels over an hour to get to work. More detailed data confirms again that the great majority commute for less than an hour

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High Speed Rail: too good to be true?

A new report contends an 1800 km Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne High Speed Rail line could be operating in 10 years. Moreover it would cover all its operating and capital costs. Fact or fiction?

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Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

There was lots of discussion around the nation last week about the idea of abolishing fares on public transport. At first glance it might sound like a great idea, but here’re ten issues to think about first

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Do outer suburban workers have extra long commutes?

The popular idea that outer suburban workers spend two or more hours a day commuting is exaggerated. The key issue isn’t time but how far they commute and how they get there

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Is it time to give up on Melbourne’s F1 Grand Prix?

This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is expected to cost Victorian taxpayers around $50 million. Despite what the Government says, the economic benefits are trifling compared to the cost

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Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Sydney is Australia’s acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney’s growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne’s

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The helmet law and commuting in Sydney and Melbourne

A little more on the question of whether the helmet law deterred significant numbers of workers from commuting by bicycle. This time, some historical charts on cycling to work in capital cities

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