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Do the suburbs make you fat?

Do the suburbs make you fat?

Alan Davies October 17, 2017 3 Comments

Suburbanites are fatter than inner city residents, but it might not be because the suburbs are more car-oriented; it might be because the two regions attract different types of people

Do residents of green places live longer?

Do residents of green places live longer?

Alan Davies May 9, 2017 2 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 Davies April 11, 2017 12 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 Davies April 1, 2017 6 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 Davies November 8, 2016 1 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 Davies July 5, 2016 12 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 Davies June 8, 2016 8 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 “rich switch”?

What to do about schools and “rich switch”?

Alan Davies May 4, 2016 5 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 Davies April 6, 2016 6 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 Davies February 16, 2016 7 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