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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult
There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is because it includes the CBD, but nowhere near most
This comparison by ABC News of living in the city centre with living in the fringe suburbs is long but it's ultimately unconvincing; it doesn't compare apples with apples
Including walking, buses, parking, High Speed Rail, the city centre, cycling, greyhounds, the suburbs, taxing tobacco, and the environmental benefit of building rail
Sydney's CBD is pretty lifeless compared to Melbourne's. Is it the result of the lock-out law? Are Melbourne's laneways just too good? Or is it more likely there are structural reasons?
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
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
Some cities like central Paris developed a characteristic built form; they have a distinctive urban character. Brisbane City Council aims to grow the centre of Brisbane with a distinguishing sub tropical spirit
There are ongoing calls for public intervention to ensure more 3 and 4 bedroom apartments are built in the city centre for families. It's a popular idea, but the case for intervention is weak
One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be "the slums of tomorrow". But does the claim hold up on closer examination?