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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Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

May 21, 2018 6

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

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

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?

March 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?

March 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?

March 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?

March 13, 2018 9

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 “suburban sprawl”?

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

March 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?

February 27, 2018 11

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

Good governance must be the top priority

Good governance must be the top priority

February 26, 2018 3

Poor governance of infrastructure projects is costing billions of dollars and delivering questionable benefits to the community, say guest writers Roger Taylor and Ken Coghill

Should CBD parking be buried?

Should CBD parking be buried?

February 19, 2018 10

Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn't have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be

Will Apple really destroy Federation Square?

Will Apple really destroy Federation Square?

February 5, 2018 9

There are downsides to Apple's new global flagship store in Fed Square, but there are benefits too. It might even broaden the Square's appeal to a wider cross section of Melburnians

The Urbanist Digest, Volume 4, 2017

The Urbanist Digest, Volume 4, 2017

December 18, 2017

A digest of all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in the December 2017 quarter, including cars and traffic, public transport, cycling, planning and a helluva lot more

What books to read over the holidays?

What books to read over the holidays?

December 11, 2017 1

Like the ABC, The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it's The Urbanist's annual list of good books - mostly novels - to read over the holidays

Weekend reading 25/26 November

November 24, 2017

Is this underpass promise under-developed?

Is this underpass promise under-developed?

November 21, 2017 6

The promise by the Opposition in Victoria to grade-separate 55 congested intersections is likely to be politically appealing, but the case hasn't been made it's a sensible policy

That was The week That was…

That was The week That was…

November 19, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism in the news over the week ending 19 November 2017

Weekend reading 18/19 November

November 17, 2017 2

How will driverless vehicles change our cities?

How will driverless vehicles change our cities?

November 15, 2017 5

Once the difficult transition period when human controlled vehicles are still common is over, a world of fully driverless vehicles should be a lot different from today

Should we demand more of heavy vehicle drivers?

Should we demand more of heavy vehicle drivers?

November 14, 2017 8

It's time to consider if heavy vehicle driver licensing should require that applicants understand the risks they pose for others and are committed to protecting their welfare

That was The week That was… w/e 12 November

That was The week That was… w/e 12 November

November 12, 2017 5

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism in the news over the week ending 12 November 2017