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Why do inner city residents walk and tram to work?

Alan DaviesJun 3, 20104 Comments

There is a strong correlation between density and the use of more sustainable transport modes in the inner city, but density is not the key driver - proximity to the CBD, good public transport, traffic congestion and high socioeconomic status are more significant factors

Is Melbourne Bicycle Share all spin?

Alan DaviesJun 2, 201022 Comments

Melbourne's new bike sharing scheme addresses a need that doesn't exist and is designed so it will almost inevitably fail to attract users

Do firms want to be in suburban centres?

Alan DaviesJun 1, 20103 Comments

Yet many studies in many countries have found that while the number of suburban and inner city activity centres is increasing, the proportion of jobs located within them is falling. I

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Sydney or Melbourne - which is more liveable (part 2)?

Alan DaviesMay 31, 20105 Comments

I noted on Friday that the 2010 Mercer annual quali

Why I don't warm to public art

Alan DaviesMay 29, 20104 Comments

Is Sydney really more liveable than Melbourne (part 1)?

Alan DaviesMay 28, 20107 Comments

On Wednesday the Sydney Morning Herald reported the release of the 2010 Mercer annual quality of living surv

What if you were the Premier?

Alan DaviesMay 27, 20103 Comments

Imagine you’ve just been elected Premier. You carried the electorate on a simple but radical two-promise platform: (1) to prohibit alcohol and (2) to shift all travel out of cars and

Has the very fast train run out of steam?

Alan DaviesMay 26, 20109 Comments

He asserts that: (a) high speed rail works in Europe, China and Japan, (b) the US is now building high speed rail projects, (c) rail is faster, more comfortable and more convenient

Does the housing dollar buy more in Melbourne?

Alan DaviesMay 25, 20103 Comments

Figure 1 shows that a buyer has to travel 23 km from the CBD in Sydney in order to obtain a house at the median price of $500,000. However in Melbourne the median house costs consider

Is the Kobo cool?

Alan DaviesMay 24, 20104 Comments

My household acquired the new Border’s e-reader, Kobo, on the weekend. The Kobo was released on Wednesday and

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