Topic archives: agglomeration economies

Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

February 17, 2014 17

Claims made last week about High Speed Rail and the East-West Link show yet again just how blithely and contemptuously Australian politicians treat the facts - integrity is optional

How big can a hospital get?

How big can a hospital get?

April 19, 2013 8

The Texas Medical Centre concentrates more than 15 hospitals and a range of medicine-related institutions in 1,000 acres. It's a powerful example of the benefits of agglomeration and specialisation

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

February 25, 2013 8

We're increasingly being told we need higher job densities in our cities to exploit 'agglomeration economies' associated with the 'knowledge economy'. But are the benefits exaggerated?

Why is Sydney’s CBD growing slower than Melbourne’s?

Why is Sydney’s CBD growing slower than Melbourne’s?

December 6, 2012 9

Jobs grew faster in Melbourne's centre than in Sydney's over 2006 to 2011. It might be that Melbourne makes it a lot easier for firms to locate in and near the CBD.

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

December 3, 2012 9

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.

Is Melbourne’s Metro Strategy off to a bad start?

Is Melbourne’s Metro Strategy off to a bad start?

May 8, 2012 8

Work on preparing Melbourne’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy finally went “live” on the internet yesterday with the curious slogan, A Vision for Victoria. Victoria?! Although officers in the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) have been working away privately for almost a year, this is the public launch of the Strategy. This is, so […]

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne?

March 26, 2010 13

How big is Melbourne really? This issue is ‘front of mind’ this morning because of a recent claim in The Age that Melbourne “is already the eighth largest city in the world in geographical size, stretching about 100 km from east to west”. This is a common view. In June last year The Age’s editorialist said […]