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Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in July

Including walking, buses, parking, High Speed Rail, the city centre, cycling, greyhounds, the suburbs, taxing tobacco, and the environmental benefit of building rail

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it's used or consensus about what a metro actually is

Sydney CBD: are cars doing the heavy lifting?

Sydney CBD: are cars doing the heavy lifting?

The NSW Government's surprisingly positive new draft access strategy for the centre of Sydney shows that cars impose far too high a price on the CBD for what they deliver

Does Sydney’s new light rail plan make sense?

Does Sydney’s new light rail plan make sense?

There are literally hundreds of existing light rail systems in the world. The value of some is questionable, but Sydney's proposed CBD and South East Light Rail line looks like it'll be among the best

What is public transport?

What is public transport?

The draft report of Alan Fel’s Taxi Industry Inquiry released last week, Customers First, has a section (p64) discussing whether or not taxis are regarded as public transport. That might sound like it’s only of academic interest, but it has important policy implications. The Inquiry concludes they aren’t: The inquiry considers that taxis are not […]

How ‘socially disordered’ are the places we live in?

How ‘socially disordered’ are the places we live in?

Almost 60% of Australian adults reckon there’s at least one social disorder issue in their local area. Top of the list are concerns about noisy vehicles, dangerous driving, rowdy behaviour and offensive language. These findings are from the latest release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey. It was conducted from […]

Can social media make cities better?

Can social media make cities better?

When government agencies first started to put up web sites in the 1990s, management tended to treat them as little more than electronic brochures. Typically, no one in authority bothered to respond to e-mails. I hope that agencies today aren’t making the same mistakes with social media. Social media is a rich source of ‘intelligence’ […]

Should fare zones be rationalised?

Should fare zones be rationalised?

I like the principle underlying Melbourne’s two zone public transport fares system – if you travel further, you pay more. Travel within roughly 11 km of Flinders St Station is a Zone 1 fare and travel within the area beyond that is a Zone 2 fare. Those who travel between zones pay a Zone 1-2 […]