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Does a rail line to Melbourne airport make sense?

Alan DaviesJun 28, 2010 10

The Age advocates construction of a rail line to Melbourne Airport, but the case has not been made

Simple but great piece on climate change

Alan DaviesJun 26, 2010 1

The man who devised the Beard-Einstein conflation may have lived like a character from a novel, but he delivered one of the great addresses on climate change

London in the time of cholera

Alan DaviesJun 24, 2010 4

Steven Johnson's book about Dr John Snow's fight to show that cholera was caused by contaminated water, not noxious odours, is both an exciting narrative and a intelligent look at the social, health and technological issues that governed public health policy in Victorian London.

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Is a bigger Melbourne a better Melbourne?

Alan DaviesJun 23, 2010 6

A bigger Melbourne need not inevitably be a worse Melbourne. Many much larger cities are sought-after locations, suggesting scale and density have advantages. The key task is to manage growth well.

Winners of 'App My State' have an urban focus

Alan DaviesJun 22, 2010 5

The winners of the Victorian App My State competition have an urban focus

Should rail commuters pay a congestion toll?

Alan DaviesJun 21, 2010 8

One option for dealing with over-crowding on Melbourne's trains could be to increase prices for peak period travel.

Is 13 storeys right for Coburg?

Alan DaviesJun 20, 2010 5

This 520 unit development in Coburg reaches up 13 stories to make good use of a rare, large inner suburban site. It is the kind of development we need to see more of.

The VFT and Green's preferences

Alan DaviesJun 19, 2010 3

Gary Johns thinks the Very Fast Train might be the price the Government pays for Green preferences at the next Federal election

Will Brumby's new decentralisation initiative work?

Alan DaviesJun 18, 2010 5

The Government's new initiative to promote development of regional centres in order to relieve growth pressure on Melbourne is unlikely to work without a way to grow jobs in the regions

Is unused infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs all used up?

Alan DaviesJun 17, 2010 8

The idea that there's ample unused infrastructure capacity in established suburbs to support higher density housing is probably a myth.