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Can the regions save cities from sprawl?

Siphoning metropolitan growth off to regional centres is proposed as an answer to urban sprawl. But is it a case of shifting the problem elsewhere at higher cost?

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Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Like John Brumby before him, Ted Baillieu thinks big cities are made up of lots of self-contained villages. That’s worrying because it means the Premier of Victoria doesn’t get what cities are about

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Why do cities still sprawl?

One of the perennial conceits of city policy-makers is they can contain urban sprawl. Yet throughout history, those pesky cities have persistently grown outwards.

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Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.

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Planning our cities: shouldn’t we expect better?

The Baillieu government has released the discussion paper for its metropolitan strategy. It seems to ‘tick the boxes’ but it could’ve and should’ve been better.

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Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Yesterday I talked about what I thought the new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne should be. That was mostly ‘mothers milk’, so now I want to say something about the substance of the strategy – what it should do. I have (mostly) refrained from proposing specific policies or solutions, preferring instead to point out the key [...]

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Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has apparently told The Age that preparation of the Government’s promised metropolitan strategy has started and will be completed within two years. I’ve previously pointed out some of the areas where I think Melbourne 2030 was found wanting, so I’ll offer some thoughts on what the new strategy should be and [...]

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