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
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
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
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
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%
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?
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
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
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
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