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Alan Davies — Editor of The Urbanist

Alan Davies

Editor of The Urbanist

The Urbanist is edited by Dr Alan Davies, a principal of Melbourne-based economic and planning consultancy, Pollard Davies Consulting.

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Is walking to work the way to go?

Is walking to work the way to go?

Alan DaviesJul 28, 20163 Comments

Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. It's great advantage is it doesn't require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure

Is

Is "the suburbs" a useful idea anymore?

Alan DaviesJul 26, 20168 Comments

Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of "the suburbs" is itself no longer appropriate

Are buses

Are buses "visible" enough?

Alan DaviesJul 25, 20169 Comments

There's a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that's often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved but also made more legible

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in May

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in May

Alan DaviesJul 21, 2016

Including electric vehicles, McDonalds, elevated parks, quarter-acre blocks, fantasy tram map, ultra density, cycling, academic research, architecture awards, schools, window tinting, Turnbull's ideas for cities...

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Alan DaviesJul 20, 201614 Comments

Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step should be to charge for it

What can history tell us about land values and HSR?

What can history tell us about land values and HSR?

Alan DaviesJul 19, 20163 Comments

The association between rail infrastructure like High Speed Rail and increases in land value is nothing new; it was there when much of Victoria's rail network was built

Will business really pay for High Speed Rail?

Will business really pay for High Speed Rail?

Alan DaviesJul 18, 20162 Comments

A new company reckons it can build Sydney-Melbourne HSR without calling on government coffers. It says the proposal is commercially viable; it's not a Trojan horse

What revitalised central Melbourne?

What revitalised central Melbourne?

Alan DaviesJul 14, 20164 Comments

Planners made an important contribution to the oft-noted and widely admired vitality of central Melbourne but success really does have many mothers

Can cyclists travel happily with pedestrians?

Can cyclists travel happily with pedestrians?

Alan DaviesJul 13, 20165 Comments

Cyclists and pedestrians aren't the same; mixing them up in busy public places on the dubious grounds they're both "not cars" inevitably leads to conflict

Should greyhound racing history be forgotten?

Should greyhound racing history be forgotten?

Alan DaviesJul 12, 2016

It would be unfortunate if the appalling findings of the Special Commission meant the historical role of greyhound racing in the social and cultural life of NSW was overlooked