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Do residents of green places live longer?

Do residents of green places live longer?

Alan DaviesMay 9, 20172 Comments

It's arguable whether greener residential areas reduce mortality but there are plenty of other good reasons to promote planting more trees, especially along streets

Why has walking to school stumbled so badly?

Why has walking to school stumbled so badly?

Alan DaviesApr 11, 201712 Comments

The proportion of children driven to primary school has raced ahead over the last 30 to 40 years. The standard solutions won't change that by much, but there's hope

Have the Premiers finally 'gotten' New Urbanism?

Have the Premiers finally 'gotten' New Urbanism?

Alan DaviesApr 1, 20176 Comments

A visiting Canadian expert appears to have done what the locals couldn't: inspired most of the Premiers to improve the health of city dwellers through better urban planning

Is better health a key rationale for urban policy?

Is better health a key rationale for urban policy?

Alan DaviesNov 8, 20161 Comment

A significantly more compact urban form in a city like Melbourne would improve public health, but it doesn't seem a very compelling justification for strategic land use policy

Is it time to rethink how smoking is taxed?

Is it time to rethink how smoking is taxed?

Alan DaviesJul 5, 201611 Comments

With the 2016-17 budget potentially a relic, there's an opportunity to step back from the cruel and uncaring decision to increase the excise on smoking by (yet another) 50%

Does Turnbull's '30-minute city' work for secondary school trips?

Does Turnbull's '30-minute city' work for secondary school trips?

Alan DaviesJun 8, 20168 Comments

If Malcolm Turnbull’s idea of the 30-minute city is going to work anywhere it should work for traditionally local trips like getting to high school, shouldn't it?

What to do about schools and

What to do about schools and "rich switch"?

Alan DaviesMay 4, 20165 Comments

Some parents are avoiding "undesirable" local primary schools and sending their children to out-of-zone schools. That has a raft of ill effects but there are no easy solutions

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Alan DaviesApr 6, 20166 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

Should public transport be free for school students?

Should public transport be free for school students?

Alan DaviesFeb 16, 20167 Comments

Making public transport free for school students sounds good but it would be expensive; it would be inequitable; and it's doubtful it would shift many students out of cars and into buses and trains

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Alan DaviesSep 10, 20153 Comments

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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