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Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Are cities bigger than we imagine?

Alan DaviesJun 16, 2016

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

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

How much time do we really spend on work-related travel?

Alan DaviesMar 23, 20166 Comments

The duration of the average work-related trip in Melbourne is consistent with other large world cities in developed countries but the average doesn't show there's considerable variation by mode

Is Turnbull's

Is Turnbull's "30-minute city" all spin (or a really useful idea)?

Alan DaviesMar 16, 20168 Comments

Politicians don't like to be too specific because it invites criticism and accountability, so both the Government and the Opposition are spinning the aspirational idea of "the 30-minute city"

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?

Alan DaviesDec 31, 2015

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2015, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

Alan DaviesAug 25, 20157 Comments

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation's capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

Alan DaviesAug 17, 20154 Comments

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Alan DaviesAug 12, 2015

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, "dog box" apartments, and more

Does getting to work take way too long?

Does getting to work take way too long?

Alan DaviesJul 14, 20155 Comments

Bill Shorten's claim that most workers spend excessive time traveling to work by car isn't true. The key issue isn’t time; it's how many kilometres workers commute and what mode they use

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

Alan DaviesJan 21, 201525 Comments

The great majority of commuters in Australia’s major cities work in locations where public transport is so uncompetitive relative to cars they're prepared to pay a big premium to drive.

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Alan DaviesApr 30, 20141 Comment

Another look at the claim the typical outer suburban commuter travels over an hour to get to work. More detailed data confirms again that the great majority commute for less than an hour