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What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

Alan DaviesAug 5, 201610 Comments

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

Why do some countries win most of the Olympic medals?

Why do some countries win most of the Olympic medals?

Alan DaviesAug 4, 20161 Comment

Certain countries consistently take the lion's share of medals at the Olympics but it's got little to do with national character and a lot to do with national wealth and political commitment

How big a problem are

How big a problem are "super commutes"?

Alan DaviesAug 3, 20162 Comments

Rely on the sensationalising media for news and you might conclude most suburban workers suffer daily "super commutes" of an hour and a half or more. Not so

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Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Alan DaviesAug 2, 20162 Comments

Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use very large tracts of urban land

Shouldn't all cities have a

Shouldn't all cities have a "cycle superhighway" plan?

Alan DaviesAug 1, 20163 Comments

It might look like all political gain and no financial pain, but the WA Government's Cycling Network Plan is a valuable and important exercise that governments elsewhere should emulate as soon as possible

Is walking to work the way to go?

Is walking to work the way to go?

Alan DaviesJul 28, 20163 Comments

Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. It's great advantage is it doesn't require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure

Is

Is "the suburbs" a useful idea anymore?

Alan DaviesJul 26, 20168 Comments

Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of "the suburbs" is itself no longer appropriate

Are buses

Are buses "visible" enough?

Alan DaviesJul 25, 20169 Comments

There's a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that's often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved but also made more legible

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in May

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in May

Alan DaviesJul 21, 2016

Including electric vehicles, McDonalds, elevated parks, quarter-acre blocks, fantasy tram map, ultra density, cycling, academic research, architecture awards, schools, window tinting, Turnbull's ideas for cities...

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Alan DaviesJul 20, 201614 Comments

Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step should be to charge for it

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