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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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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Do multi-storey carparks at railway stations make sense?

Building car parks at rail stations might seem like a smart idea if it gives more travelers the opportunity to use trains for most of their journey. But it’s costly and isn’t likely to drive patronage

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Are “dog box” apartments the work of rapacious landlords?

Those who label small apartments as “slums” rarely live in one themselves and are usually in a different demographic; they simply don’t get the rational calculation actual residents make

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Can apartment residents be trusted to make their own decisions?

A new report from Victoria’s Planning Minister shows 3/4 of new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in Melbourne are smaller than the NSW minimum. If there’s a problem it’s in NSW, not Victoria

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Do a third of Melbourne workers really commute by public transport?

Half of all commuters in Sydney and more than a third in Melbourne travel to their job by public transport according to The Age. Sounds wonderful, but unfortunately Fairfax got it wrong

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What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

A rail line to Melbourne Airport won’t make economic sense for decades yet under standard assumptions but there’s a (politically courageous) scenario where it could work now

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Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

Australian cities need to build more transport infrastructure to accommodate growth but it’s not just about more roads and more rails; they also need to manage demand in smarter ways

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Should there be more family friendly housing in the city centre?

There are ongoing calls for public intervention to ensure more 3 and 4 bedroom apartments are built in the city centre for families. It’s a popular idea, but the case for intervention is weak

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Is loud advertising at railway stations going too bloody far?

Noisy marketing is intruding into more aspects of daily life, even catching a train. Cities should be improving the comfort and appeal of public transport, not making it an annoying experience

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Is it really “game over” for the East West Link?

It’s a mistake to think it’s game, set and match for Melbourne’s East West Link motorway just because the Andrews’ Government cancelled the contract. There’s seldom a match point in politics

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