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
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
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
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
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
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
Alan DaviesMar 15, 20172 Comments
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!
Alan DaviesMar 7, 20171 Comment
Increased connection via walking and cycling paths sounds great but it can erode social connection, argues guest writer Dr Brenda Mackie; it's not a guarantee of ‘liveability’
Alan DaviesFeb 27, 201710 Comments
Existing residents oppose major developments because they feel they'll be worse off. The benefits to them are vague while the costs are clear and painful
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