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Do citizens really like road pricing?

Do citizens really like road pricing?

Citizen Juries are generally great PR for agencies and businesses, but as this recent case shows, they're an artificial environment. The practical conclusions that can be drawn from their deliberations are limited

Is selling public housing land to developers a good policy?

Is selling public housing land to developers a good policy?

The Victorian Government's policy of inviting proposals from the private sector to redevelop outdated public housing estates is proving controversial

Why don't neighbours matter as much anymore?

Why don't neighbours matter as much anymore?

We're not as connected with our neighbours as previous generations were, mostly because we're better off; we have greater mobility and more choice

Can design make cities safe for women?

Can design make cities safe for women?

A new project shows the urban geography of harrassment and assault suffered by women at the hands of men. The scope for design to mitigate offensive male behaviour is limited

Connectivity isn't the same as social connection

Connectivity isn't the same as social connection

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’

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Population growth brings risks and will change the character of a city like Melbourne if it continues, but it's more likely to make it a better place for most residents

Do we still need good neighbours?

Do we still need good neighbours?

We have less to do with our neighbours than in the past but it doesn't appear to be a big problem for most of us; there are some though who would benefit a lot from good neighbours

What to do about rough sleeping?

What to do about rough sleeping?

The factors leading to living on the streets are different from other forms of homelessness and suggest conventional approaches to housing support might not always work

Will capping the number of bottle shops contain family violence?

Will capping the number of bottle shops contain family violence?

A Melbourne Council opposes a new Dan Murphy's packaged liquor outlet because its concerned it would increase the number of family violence incidents within the municipality

Does place matter for the life prospects of children?

Does place matter for the life prospects of children?

New research suggests that where children grow up has a big influence on their life chances. Improving the life prospects of children living in poverty requires early intervention