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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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Will Melbourne really run dry in a decade?

Will Melbourne really run dry in a decade?

Alan DaviesJul 24, 20171 Comment

The mainstream media likes to frame news to convey a sense of impending disaster - like Melbourne's running out of water - but sometimes it gets out of its depth

Weekend reading, July 22 2017

Alan DaviesJul 22, 2017

Weekend reading, July 15 2017

Alan DaviesJul 15, 2017

Is popular support for city growth disappearing?

Is popular support for city growth disappearing?

Alan DaviesJul 12, 201723 Comments

No matter what experts think, slowing population growth – and hence immigration – seems to be a very powerful political idea winning support across the demographic board

Is Melbourne Metro being built way too fast?

Is Melbourne Metro being built way too fast?

Alan DaviesJul 11, 20174 Comments

The Sunday Age reckons the Andrews Government has cynically chosen to use a truck-intensive tunnelling method so it can get the Melbourne Metro rail project finished faster

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

Alan DaviesJul 10, 201721 Comments

Infrastructure Australia reckons protecting corridors for East Coast High Speed Rail would save billions, but the case hasn't been made that the project makes sense

Weekend reading, July 8 2017

Alan DaviesJul 8, 2017

Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?

Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?

Alan DaviesJul 5, 20174 Comments

The media loves to portray fringe growth suburbs as hell on earth and suggest they should be done away with. But they're neither optional nor dystopian

Is faux heritage the future?

Is faux heritage the future?

Alan DaviesJul 4, 20176 Comments

Melbourne City Council requires the facade of this old pub to be retained when redeveloped even though the building has no demonstrated heritage value

Is immigration ruining our cities?

Is immigration ruining our cities?

Alan DaviesJul 3, 20176 Comments

The Age ran a set of stories on the weekend geared around the idea that immigration-fuelled population growth is seriously damaging Melbourne’s “celebrated liveability”