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Is Sydney the new New York?

Is Sydney the new New York?

The Sydney Morning Herald's comparison of small parts of Sydney with leading world metropolises might grab the attention of readers, but it's rubbish

Is urban transport too expensive?

Is urban transport too expensive?

The Australian Automobile Association reckons transport - especially driving - costs too much: it says households spend a "staggering" 13.3% of their weekly budget on transport

Why do we say public transport is so important if so few of us use it?

Why do we say public transport is so important if so few of us use it?

Improving the experience of occasional users of public transport - those who might use it only to go to the footy - is a key way of building community support for system improvements

Should the census be conducted every 10 years?

Should the census be conducted every 10 years?

There's a good argument for a 10 year census cycle but not next year and not because of current financial problems. This is an important decision; it needs to be debated thoroughly.

Population density: is Sydney an outlier?

Population density: is Sydney an outlier?

When it comes to precincts of very high population density in Australia there's only Sydney and Melbourne; well, there's really only Sydney - it's "another country" in terms of close living

Is NSW keeping up with Victoria on housing supply?

Is NSW keeping up with Victoria on housing supply?

Over the last four years a whopping 61% more dwellings were built in Victoria than in NSW. The Premier State needs to find ways to increase dwelling supply and improve affordability

Are apartment towers ruining our city centres?

Are apartment towers ruining our city centres?

They're frequently criticised, but high-rise apartments in the city centre save on infrastructure costs, improve sustainability, and help keep housing costs down across the rest of the metro area

What can planners do about socio-economic polarisation?

What can planners do about socio-economic polarisation?

SEIFA data confirms the existence of "two cities" with markedly different economic potentials. It's not certain though that planning policies to promote social mix would have much effect

Are commuters shifting to public transport?

Are commuters shifting to public transport?

The latest release of the American Community Survey provides a reminder of the enormity of the task of shifting commuters into more sustainable modes. Transit's mode share barely moved over the last 11 years despite large investment in new systems.

Who benefits from public transport?

Who benefits from public transport?

A popular conception of public transport is it’s used primarily by two groups – CBD commuters and the disadvantaged. For example, in the preamble to a new survey it’s done on public transport use, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) emphasises the contribution public transport makes to agglomeration economies in the CBD.