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Do cities cause divorce?

Alan DaviesApr 17, 2010

The divorce rate is higher in cities (like Melbourne) than it is in the country. But is that because there's something about cities that promotes marital discord? These Danish researche

Where are the suburban jobs?

Alan DaviesApr 16, 20109 Comments

Defining an activity centre is not as straightforward as it might appear. There are a number of possible approaches, such as identifying higher density clusters of jobs, people or t

More myths about Melbourne's density

Alan DaviesApr 15, 20102 Comments

The Australian Financial Review ran an article on the weekend by Deirdre Macken that perpetuates the myth that Melbourne and Sydney are archetypal sprawled cities (

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Time to hand Yarra Boulevard over to cyclists

Alan DaviesApr 14, 201015 Comments

Although it is not a major traffic artery, there is the ever-present potential for conflicts between cyclists and drivers. There is something about this road – possibly the limited

Why is there a housing shortage?

Alan DaviesApr 13, 20104 Comments

A curious aspect of the Australian housing market is that we have a shortage of housing even though dwelling investment has been at record levels in the last decade. It’s now 6% of GD

Building a green economy

Alan DaviesApr 12, 2010

Outstanding feature on climate change in the New York Times Sunday magazine last weeke

Banging the high rise drum

Alan DaviesApr 12, 20106 Comments

High rise in Melbourne is only ever likely to be a solution for a small group of (wealthy) residents who want to live in a relatively small number of highly prized or unique locations

No foundation for policy on centres

Alan DaviesApr 9, 20102 Comments

The  six building blocks

Watch the growth of Walmart stores from 1962 to 2010

Alan DaviesApr 8, 2010

Just released is an updated version of the now-famous 'growth of Walmart' animation which maps out the ge

Ring Road (M80) – an opportunity for road pricing?

Alan DaviesApr 8, 201011 Comments

The Ring Road currently carries 142,000 vehicles per day, of which more than 22,000 are trucks. The upgrade involves providing a minimum of three lanes in both directions along the en