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What revitalised central Melbourne?

What revitalised central Melbourne?

Alan DaviesJul 14, 20164 Comments

Planners made an important contribution to the oft-noted and widely admired vitality of central Melbourne but success really does have many mothers

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Alan DaviesJun 16, 2016

Cities are invariably much "bigger" than they seem. Administrative boundaries almost always fail to capture the full extent of a city's economic and social influence

Will a McDonald's store be the end of Glebe?

Will a McDonald's store be the end of Glebe?

Alan DaviesMay 26, 20167 Comments

Some residents of inner city Sydney oppose a new McDonald's store they say will destroy their suburb's "village feel". But is it much the same impulse as opposing a mosque?

Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it's a whole new world?

Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it's a whole new world?

Alan DaviesMay 24, 20161 Comment

First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are that both initiatives are more about politics than policy

Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?

Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?

Alan DaviesMay 23, 20164 Comments

The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive "quarter acre" lots is common but it's a myth and was never true in the modern era

Is decentralisation the answer to cities that are

Is decentralisation the answer to cities that are "too big"?

Alan DaviesMay 9, 20168 Comments

Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they're really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl

Turnbull's Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

Turnbull's Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

Alan DaviesMay 2, 20164 Comments

The Prime Minister's vaunted Smart Cities Plan is light on actions but it offers some interesting insights into the Government's thinking on cities policy

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

Alan DaviesMar 31, 20161 Comment

More diversity seems to be a “no-brainer” to most urban policy-makers and it's mostly a very good thing, but insisting on it at every scale misunderstands what big cities are about

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments diverse enough?

Alan DaviesMar 30, 20168 Comments

Requiring new developments to have more 2 & 3 bedroom apartments is questionable policy - it may impact affordability; it's unnecessary; and it probably won’t work anyway

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Alan DaviesMar 22, 201618 Comments

The idea of Sydney and Melbourne doubling in population to eight million by the 2050s conjures images of total traffic gridlock and super long commutes. Fortunately, it's not likely

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