June, 2018

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Is Melbourne the new New York?

, Jun 19, 2018

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The Age's comparison of the density of Melbourne's CBD with the density of New York City might massage the prejudices of its readers, but it's rubbish
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What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?

, Mar 05, 2018

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Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as "sprawl"
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Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

, Feb 27, 2018

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Federation Square isn't the perfect place the critics of Apple's proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they'd be costly
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Should CBD parking be buried?

, Feb 19, 2018

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Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn't have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be
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Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

, Oct 25, 2017

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One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years
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Will Fishermans Bend meet its sustainability target?

, Oct 24, 2017

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It’s easy to give the appearance of being progressive when the proof of the pudding won’t be known until 2050, but sometimes inconvenient truths can't be overlooked
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Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

, Oct 18, 2017

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Driving will inevitably continue to have a huge impact on the liveability of Australia's growing cities - policy-makers must stop ignoring the car and start "taming" it
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Do the suburbs make you fat?

, Oct 17, 2017

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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
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Is Sydney really full to the brim?

, Oct 11, 2017

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It’ll make mistakes like it always has, but Sydney’s problem with growth isn’t about physical capacity. The issue is most existing home owners don’t want things to change
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Is Melbourne’s liveability gong mostly bullshit?

, Aug 17, 2017

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The media and politicians continue to give it credibility but they know the EIU's 'world's most liveable city' gong has little bearing on the life of residents of Melbourne
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Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

, Aug 10, 2017

If the "20-minute" city is defined by how many everyday services can be accessed by bicycle then we've already got it and the claims of Federal and State leaders look like a con
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Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

, Aug 09, 2017

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It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible
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Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?

, Jul 05, 2017

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The media loves to portray fringe growth suburbs as hell on earth and suggest they should be done away with. But they're neither optional nor dystopian
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Can security bollards be done better?

, Jun 26, 2017

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It's regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces
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Where’s the toilet?

, May 15, 2017

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The location of a humble toilet block in a park might seem a minor issue, but it's big news in inner suburban Melbourne and highlights some larger issues
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Are Australia’s big cities dense enough?

, May 02, 2017

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The extensive suburbs in the middle rings of Australia's east coast capitals explain why the "missing middle" is so much less dense than in comparable Canadian cities
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Is Sydney the new New York?

, Apr 04, 2017

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The Sydney Morning Herald's comparison of small parts of Sydney with leading world metropolises might grab the attention of readers, but it's rubbish

City centre vs sprawl: is this a useful comparison?

, Mar 30, 2017

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This comparison by ABC News of living in the city centre with living in the fringe suburbs is long but it's ultimately unconvincing; it doesn't compare apples with apples
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Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

, Mar 20, 2017

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Sprawl was the headline city planning issue for more than half a century, but its salience has faded over recent decades. Urban policy-makers need to reassess their priorities
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Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

, Mar 15, 2017

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It's taken since 2014 to prepare, but despite the name, the "refresh" of Plan Melbourne doesn't deliver on its most basic pretension; it's not really a plan!