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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.

Should Shorten fund Melbourne's suburban rail loop?

Should Shorten fund Melbourne's suburban rail loop?

Federal Labor's promise to contribute $10 billion toward the cost of the $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop shows it's prepared to see a generation or two of infrastructure funding pissed away if it offers a political advantage

Is Labor serious about electric vehicles?

Is Labor serious about electric vehicles?

Labor's policy on electric vehicles (EVs) is probably good politics but it offers little substance in support of its optimistic targets. And there's a lot it doesn't address

How desperate can the Morrison government get?

How desperate can the Morrison government get?

The federal Coalition's latest promise to spend up big on transport infrastructure and reform housing policy in cities looks more like electoral desperation than good sense

Why is east coast High Speed Rail still being taken seriously?

Why is east coast High Speed Rail still being taken seriously?

It says something truly awful about our political culture and the standard of public discourse, especially around cities and transport, that east coast High Speed Rail can still be trotted out to applause all round

What would happen if public transport use grew faster?

What would happen if public transport use grew faster?

Even with bullish projections for public transport growth, cars look set to remain the dominant mode in Australian cities. Much closer attention must be given to tackling motoring directly

Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don't have a right to the roads?

Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don't have a right to the roads?

Very few motorists are actively hostile toward cyclists, but many more don't see them as legitimate or equal road users. There's a role for government in helping to change negative attitudes

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

It'll probably make sense one day, but the promised $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop is the wrong project at this time. There are much higher priorities. The Andrews government should be helped to back away from this careless and cynical commitment

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Although there’s never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia's capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer

Where to with transport in our capital cities?

Where to with transport in our capital cities?

The start of the year is an opportune time to take a big-picture view of the state of passenger transport in Australia’s major urban areas. The key challenge for policy-makers is to "tame" the car

The Urbanist's annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist's annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it's my annual list of interesting books - both fiction and non-fiction - to read over the holidays