What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?

What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?

March 5, 2018 13

Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as "sprawl"

Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

February 27, 2018 11

Federation Square isn't the perfect place the critics of Apple's proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they'd be costly

Should CBD parking be buried?

Should CBD parking be buried?

February 19, 2018 10

Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn't have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be

Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

October 25, 2017 4

One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years

Will Fishermans Bend meet its sustainability target?

Will Fishermans Bend meet its sustainability target?

October 24, 2017 9

It’s easy to give the appearance of being progressive when the proof of the pudding won’t be known until 2050, but sometimes inconvenient truths can't be overlooked

Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

October 18, 2017 10

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?

October 17, 2017 3

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?

October 11, 2017 16

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?

August 17, 2017 4

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?

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