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Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

Alan DaviesAug 16, 20171 Comment

We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it's mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit's strengths lie elsewhere

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Alan DaviesAug 10, 2017

If the "20-minute" city is defined by how many everyday services can be accessed by bicycle then we've already got it and the claims of Federal and State leaders look like a con

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Is the "20-minute city" mostly spin?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20174 Comments

It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible

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The "20 minute neighbourhood": does it make sense?

Alan DaviesDec 11, 201313 Comments

The idea that every home should have local services and facilities within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip seems a no-brainer. But is it a worthwhile and realistic goal, or a dream?

Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Are big cities just collections of country towns?

Alan DaviesMar 4, 201322 Comments

Like John Brumby before him, Ted Baillieu thinks big cities are made up of lots of self-contained villages. That's worrying because it means the Premier of Victoria doesn't get what cities are about

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Should the "20 minute city" be the key objective of planning?

Alan DaviesDec 3, 20129 Comments

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.