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Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Can this pub be saved from apartments?

Alan DaviesDec 5, 20163 Comments

The planning and heritage systems can't do much about another inner suburban Melbourne pub - this time in St Kilda - being replaced by apartments and shops

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

Alan DaviesNov 29, 20164 Comments

More people want to live close to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they've got

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

Alan DaviesNov 28, 20161 Comment

We're often told suburban sprawl replaces agricultural land and is a serious threat to future food security, but the evidence suggests it's not such a big deal

Are we really a rural country like Senator Abetz says?

Alan DaviesNov 23, 2016

Senator Abetz claim on Q&A that Australia is a "rural/regional country" isn't true. But we need more sophisticated measures to describe what's regional vs urban

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Alan DaviesSep 14, 20168 Comments

Sydney's CBD is pretty lifeless compared to Melbourne's. Is it the result of the lock-out law? Are Melbourne's laneways just too good? Or is it more likely there are structural reasons?

Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?

Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?

Alan DaviesSep 7, 20163 Comments

It seems inevitable regional centres will take a much bigger share of metropolitan population growth, but the case hasn't been made that creating regional dormitories is the best policy

Should trailer parks be trashed?

Should trailer parks be trashed?

Alan DaviesSep 6, 20165 Comments

With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they're an important and sought-after housing option in the US

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20162 Comments

Melbourne is supposedly about to lose top spot in the world's most liveable city rankings. So what? It's a meaningless tick useful only for politicking by all sides

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Alan DaviesAug 2, 20162 Comments

Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use very large tracts of urban land

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Is "the suburbs" a useful idea anymore?

Alan DaviesJul 26, 20168 Comments

Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of "the suburbs" is itself no longer appropriate

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