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Is Melbourne the new New York?

Is Melbourne the new New York?

Alan DaviesJun 19, 2018 2

The Age's comparison of the density of Melbourne's CBD with the density of New York City might massage the prejudices of its readers, but it's rubbish

What can we learn from oBike's demise?

What can we learn from oBike’s demise?

Alan DaviesJun 18, 2018 6

It promised a lot, but this month oBike walked away from Melbourne after just one year. The key problem was the same one faced by all forms of cycling in Australian cities

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Alan DaviesMay 21, 2018 8

Heritage Victoria's recommendation to list Melbourne’s Festival Hall on the state Heritage Register highlights the shortcomings of the current approach to heritage

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Is Melbourne Airport's SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Alan DaviesMay 14, 2018 21

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Alan DaviesMar 26, 2018 25

Conflict between cyclists and walkers on shared trails is a growing problem. The default should be separation, as recommended by Infrastructure Victoria

Why does it matter that most jobs aren't in the city centre?

Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?

Alan DaviesMar 21, 2018 3

Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

Alan DaviesMar 19, 2018 8

There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is because it includes the CBD, but nowhere near most

Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

Alan DaviesMar 13, 2018 10

The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles

What's wrong (and right) with

What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?

Alan DaviesMar 5, 2018 13

Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as "sprawl"

Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

Alan DaviesFeb 27, 2018 12

Federation Square isn't the perfect place the critics of Apple's proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they'd be costly