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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Victoria’s new Planning Minister is happy to talk down city centre skyscrapers but he should appreciate the impact on metropolitan housing affordability of any action he takes to limit supply

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Favourite city in the world

The comp for City Limits isn’t over until Thursday but such is reader Michael R James enthusiasm he couldn’t hold back; he boldly offered his views on the various cities nominated by readers as their “favourite”

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Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne’s new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It’s an exciting project but a lot more could’ve been done in this premier location

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Is it time to cap “the era of the skyscraper”?

Victoria’s new government shouldn’t dismiss CBD residential towers as the playthings of avaricious developers. It should think about the wider benefits from increased housing supply

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Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

The great majority of commuters in Australia‚Äôs major cities work in locations where public transport is so uncompetitive relative to cars they’re prepared to pay a big premium to drive.

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Population density: is Sydney an outlier?

When it comes to precincts of very high population density in Australia there’s only Sydney and Melbourne; well, there’s really only Sydney – it’s “another country” in terms of close living

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Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

They’re considerably less dense and lack decent bike share, but the inner parts of Australia’s major capitals have surprisingly high cycling mode shares approaching the level of central Paris

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What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today – say in a city such as Sydney – would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult

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What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

The public release of the business case for the East West Link shows the importance of transparent and rational assessment of infrastructure proposals rather than faith-based advocacy

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Three misconceptions about the East West Link

The East West Link appears to be heading for the dustbin, so some of the misconceptions and exaggerations around it should be dustbinned too in the interests of promoting quality public debate

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