Paris cars
Cars only account for 9% of all trips in Paris but it doesn’t take many…

Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn’t true

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it’s used or consensus about what a metro actually is

Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?

The Walkleys capture a view of journalism that’s extraordinarily important but it’s not the only one. The Awards could do more to encourage journalists to analyse “boring” policy issues

Innovation: haven’t we been here before?

The Prime Minister’s innovation statement looks like the grandchild of the high profile programs Bob Hawke and his Industry Minister, John Button, set up in the early 1980s

What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?

If our cities are going to benefit from the transformative potential of autonomous vehicles, we need to start building a consensus now that they should be implemented strictly as shared vehicles

Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?

Decking over motorways to provide more parkland might sound like a wonderful thing but it would be extraordinarily expensive and very hard to justify in our low density cities

Are equity concerns with congestion charging a deal breaker?

There’s lots of support for the principle of congestion charging but many progressives are ambivalent because of concerns about the equity of the policy. That view needs a rethink

Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

‘River may be dammed for new tollway’ says The Age. Either Victoria’s Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

What books to read over the holiday season?

It’s almost Christmas so here’re some pre-certified suggestions for good novels to read over the holidays. They’re mostly quite recent and some of them are even very fashionable reading at the moment