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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


What’s better: a train that’s late or one that doesn’t get there at all?

There’s real value in hard performance targets for business and government, but there are also dangers. Sometimes a single-minded focus on targets leads to negative outcomes elsewhere

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Labor’s promise on level crossings: what are the issues?

Labor in Victoria is promising to remove 50 of Melbourne’s 180 level crossings if it wins the State election on 29 November. Sounds like a “no brainer”, but what are the key issues?

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

Five Australasian cities and three Canadian cities dominate the annual Global Liveability Index, but it doesn’t tell us much about cities as places to live, or the differences between them

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Do the poor have fewer cars like Joe Hockey says?

Joe Hockey is right that rates of car ownership are lower for the “poor” relative to the “rich”, however what he overlooks is the great majority of lower income households nevertheless have a car

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Would a Veloway be a smart way to advance cycling?

A proposed elevated bicycle “freeway” in Melbourne’s CBD would separate cyclists from traffic, but it’s not necessary and the implicit philosophy could undermine the legitimacy of cycling

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Progressive narrative on city centre apartments falls short

Grant Wyeth says it’s the progressive, not the conservative, narrative that’s doing the most damage to those who need access and opportunity in Melbourne’s apartment market

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Why is Federation Square such a success?

The Landscape Architects Network says Melbourne’s Federation Square is the sixth best public square in the world, tipping out the likes of Times Square. Why is it so successful?

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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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