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Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

Alan Davies October 18, 2017 10 Comments

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

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

Is Sydney really full to the brim?

Is Sydney really full to the brim?

Alan Davies October 11, 2017 15 Comments

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

Is Melbourne’s liveability gong mostly bullshit?

Is Melbourne’s liveability gong mostly bullshit?

Alan Davies August 17, 2017 4 Comments

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

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Alan Davies August 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

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Alan Davies August 9, 2017 4 Comments

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

Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?

Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?

Alan Davies July 5, 2017 4 Comments

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

Can security bollards be done better?

Can security bollards be done better?

Alan Davies June 26, 2017 7 Comments

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

Where’s the toilet?

Where’s the toilet?

Alan Davies May 15, 2017 9 Comments

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

Are Australia’s big cities dense enough?

Are Australia’s big cities dense enough?

Alan Davies May 2, 2017 6 Comments

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