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Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use very large tracts of urban land

Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?

Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?

The City of Sydney reckons the NSW Government wants to redevelop Waterloo at a density "greater than anything in Singapore". Turns out Council's fear of density is ill-founded

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

Value capture is fashionable but it's complex and politically difficult. Although it should have a place in funding infrastructure, it's not a silver bullet; it's contribution is likely to be modest

Is Sydney’s Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Is Sydney’s Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Sydney City Council's proposed giant Cloud Arch sculpture looks good, but means little. Australia's premier city should aspire to something more authentic than a giant logo

Are there too many Councils in Australian cities?

Are there too many Councils in Australian cities?

Many argue the large number of urban Councils favours local interests over metropolitan objectives, especially in planning. There's a case for rationalising the number and powers of Councils

Should light rail go underground or take it to the street?

Should light rail go underground or take it to the street?

Light rail is cost-effective because it mostly uses existing street space. NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian is right to resist calls to underground the eastern suburbs light rail line through Surry Hills

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

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

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.

Do on-road cycle paths slow traffic?

Do on-road cycle paths slow traffic?

According to NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, on-road cycle paths in the centre of Sydney are in the wrong place and exacerbate traffic congestion. However his Department flatly contradicts him. It reckons they’re not only in the right place, they don’t slow traffic either! The prospect of increased traffic congestion from road space “sacrificed” for […]

Do more bikeways mean more bicycle commuting?

Do more bikeways mean more bicycle commuting?

It would be a real pity if Barry O’Farrell’s agenda for the City of Sydney ends up compromising Council’s vision for extending bikeways, reducing speed limits and expanding the area of street space reserved for pedestrians. They’re the issues of concern nominated by the NSW Premier when he announced the government will set up a […]