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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.

Is labelling the outer suburbs as 'job deserts' helpful?

Is labelling the outer suburbs as 'job deserts' helpful?

Fringe suburbs have historically always had fewer jobs than workers. What policy makers should focus on is providing good transport links to the more central parts of the city where most of the employers want to be

Is Paris the right model for the Sydney of 2050?

Is Paris the right model for the Sydney of 2050?

We can learn lessons from cities like Paris, but we must be alert to the dangers in importing solutions that might work well elsewhere but aren't well matched to local circumstances

Should public transport fares be abolished?

Should public transport fares be abolished?

It's a popular idea, but the revenue foregone from abolishing fares in a city like Melbourne would have a bigger impact if it were instead spent on making public transport more competitive with driving

Do citizens really like road pricing?

Do citizens really like road pricing?

Citizen Juries are generally great PR for agencies and businesses, but as this recent case shows, they're an artificial environment. The practical conclusions that can be drawn from their deliberations are limited

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