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Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really deliver on jobs?

Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really deliver on jobs?

The NSW government’s planned Aerotropolis is conning residents of western Sydney. It's more about useful politics than plausible policy

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

Why does it matter that most jobs aren't in the city centre?

Why does it matter that most jobs aren't in the city centre?

Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is because it includes the CBD, but nowhere near most

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity

Why can't Yahoos telecommute anymore?

Why can't Yahoos telecommute anymore?

The CEO of Yahoo has directed staff who currently telecommute to start working out of Yahoo offices. The rationale is innovation and collaboration place a high value on face-to-face contact

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

We're increasingly being told we need higher job densities in our cities to exploit 'agglomeration economies' associated with the 'knowledge economy'. But are the benefits exaggerated?

Why is Sydney's CBD growing slower than Melbourne's?

Why is Sydney's CBD growing slower than Melbourne's?

Jobs grew faster in Melbourne's centre than in Sydney's over 2006 to 2011. It might be that Melbourne makes it a lot easier for firms to locate in and near the CBD.

'Melbournes': how many are there?

'Melbournes': how many are there?

A new Australian site, Other Cities, has just published a must-read article for anyone interested in cities. It’s an interview with Kevin O’Connor, Professorial Fellow in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. This fascinating and insightful interview covers many issues from developer levies to public transport to cars to where university workers live. I […]

Do technology parks work?

Do technology parks work?

There’s barely a city in the western world that hasn’t at some time sought to re-create the success of high profile technology innovation districts like Silicon Valley within its own boundaries. Mostly these attempts have involved establishing small publicly funded research/technology parks within or close to universities. As well as Silicon Valley, the usual suspects […]