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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 population growth ruin Melbourne's liveability?

Will population growth ruin Melbourne's liveability?

Alan DaviesFeb 20, 20171 Comment

Population growth brings risks and will change the character of Melbourne if it continues, but it's more likely to make it a better place for most residents

Is it time for a 40 kmh speed limit in cities?

Is it time for a 40 kmh speed limit in cities?

Alan DaviesFeb 16, 20175 Comments

It won't be easy politically, but living with cars in Australia's cities means "taming" them, starting with setting a default 40 kmh speed limit

What's government done to make public transport better?

What's government done to make public transport better?

Alan DaviesFeb 13, 20177 Comments

A look at what successive governments have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne

Should public transport be

Should public transport be "returned to the people"?

Alan DaviesFeb 8, 201712 Comments

There are calls to bring management of Melbourne's train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let's see the evidence

Does this building tell us much about social history?

Does this building tell us much about social history?

Alan DaviesFeb 6, 20173 Comments

Preserving the built fabric of old buildings conveys little about their social and cultural history; it should be mandatory that protection comes with interpretation

Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

Alan DaviesJan 30, 201711 Comments

With 90% of motorised travel in capital cities currently undertaken by private transport it’s time for a grown-up assessment of where to go with urban transport policy

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in December

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in December

Alan DaviesDec 22, 2016

Decentralisation, high-rise in the inner city, sprawl and farming, Federation Square, suburban McMansions, ABC-TV's Streets of your Town, cycling safety, heritage, and more

Should this movie set get heritage protection?

Should this movie set get heritage protection?

Alan DaviesDec 21, 2016

It sounds preposterous and more than a little like fiction, but there's a push in Melbourne to give heritage protection to the house used as a set in the film The Castle

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Alan DaviesDec 20, 20166 Comments

It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it

What books to read over the holiday season?

What books to read over the holiday season?

Alan DaviesDec 19, 2016

Here’s my annual list of good books - mostly novels - to read over the holidays. A lot are quite recent and some of them are even quite fashionable

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