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Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Cities are invariably much "bigger" than they seem. Administrative boundaries almost always fail to capture the full extent of a city's economic and social influence

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

The idea of Sydney and Melbourne doubling in population to eight million by the 2050s conjures images of total traffic gridlock and super long commutes. Fortunately, it's not likely

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in December

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in December

Including decking over freeways to create parkland, local hotels, congestion charging, driverless cars, innovation policy, Walkley Awards and policy, defining a metro, sprawling cities

What makes our cities special?

What makes our cities special?

I didn’t know that Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have the largest concentration of privately funded motorways of any cities in the world until I read this recent paper, How different are Australian cities?. It’s written by Qld academics Glen Searle, Jago Dodson and Wendy Steele and has a few other surprises and curiosities too. The […]

Can our cities get bigger (and remain liveable)?

Can our cities get bigger (and remain liveable)?

Australia's big cities can cope with large population but they will need massive investment in infrastructure

Is a bigger Melbourne a better Melbourne?

Is a bigger Melbourne a better Melbourne?

A bigger Melbourne need not inevitably be a worse Melbourne. Many much larger cities are sought-after locations, suggesting scale and density have advantages. The key task is to manage growth well.

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne?

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 […]