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Is Melbourne's liveability gong mostly bullshit?

Is Melbourne's liveability gong mostly bullshit?

Alan DaviesAug 17, 20171 Comment

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 DaviesAug 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

Is the "20-minute city" mostly spin?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20174 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 DaviesJul 5, 20174 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 DaviesJun 26, 20177 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 DaviesMay 15, 20179 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 DaviesMay 2, 20176 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

Is Sydney the new New York?

Is Sydney the new New York?

Alan DaviesApr 4, 20176 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesMar 30, 20172 Comments

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

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Alan DaviesMar 20, 20174 Comments

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