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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 congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

Alan DaviesDec 1, 20164 Comments

Some progressives are concerned about the equity effects of congestion charging and are reluctant to support it. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system

Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?

Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?

Alan DaviesNov 30, 20162 Comments

Politicians like the idea of moving government functions to regional centres in the name of decentralisation; but the wider net social benefits are mostly political

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Alan DaviesNov 29, 20164 Comments

More people want to live close to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they've got

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

Alan DaviesNov 28, 20161 Comment

We're often told suburban sprawl replaces agricultural land and is a serious threat to future food security, but the evidence suggests it's not such a big deal

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in October

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in October

Alan DaviesNov 24, 2016

The Urbanist discusses infrastructure costs, terrace houses in the 'burbs, Corkman Pub, cyclists and pedestrians, airport rail, cycling and helmets, infrastructure planning, and more

Are we really a rural country like Senator Abetz says?

Alan DaviesNov 23, 2016

Senator Abetz claim on Q&A that Australia is a "rural/regional country" isn't true. But we need more sophisticated measures to describe what's regional vs urban

Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

Alan DaviesNov 22, 20162 Comments

Apple reportedly wants to establish an Apple store with a signature glass cube in Melbourne's Federation Square. Boring; there are more exciting ways to enhance Fed Square

Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?

Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?

Alan DaviesNov 21, 20168 Comments

It's a commonplace observation that new detached houses in Australia's outer suburbs are much bigger than in the past. The interesting question is why

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Does ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town get it wrong?

Alan DaviesNov 15, 20162 Comments

Part one of ABC-TV's Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it's not as relevant to today as it claims

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Alan DaviesNov 14, 20163 Comments

Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development

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