It's a common charge but Melbourne's city centre apartment towers aren't remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future
Of all the many criticisms of high-rise living in Australia's capitals, the charge that it reduces "chance encounters" and is socially isolating is the weakest
"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?"
Including peak car, infrastructure evaluation, apartment standards, cycling safety, architecture, public transport in the 50s, cars in the 70s, liveable cities, planning new suburbs, and more
The Victorian government say it wants to start a serious discussion on design standards for apartments. But it's not telling the full story; it looks like it's doing a bit of "design-washing"
In response to suggestions that rent increases in Sydney should be regulated, guest writer Peter Vella discusses Sweden's experience with rent control. Be careful what you wish for, he cautions
Complaints about smoking on apartment balconies highlight the failure of regulators to address the special problems of the growing proportion of Australians who live in multi-unit housing
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
High density living in the city centre is an increasingly popular option for some Australians and scores well on sustainability, but there’s still suspicion of this new-fangled way of living