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Why don’t neighbours matter as much anymore?

Why don’t neighbours matter as much anymore?

We're not as connected with our neighbours as previous generations were, mostly because we're better off; we have greater mobility and more choice

Is Canberra the worst city in Australia?

Is Canberra the worst city in Australia?

Poor Canberra. It’s the most planned city in the country yet it’s a byword for all the horrors of car-based 21st century cities. But is it as appalling as its detractors make out or are they out of touch?

Book giveway! ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ by Andrew Leigh

Book giveway! ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ by Andrew Leigh

In his forthcoming book, Battlers & Billionaires, Andrew Leigh asks: Is Australia fair enough? To answer the question, Black Inc. has given The Urbanist two copies to give away to readers

What’s good about Canberra?

What’s good about Canberra?

Walter Burley Griffin's "splendid" 1911 vision for Canberra cops a pasting for being too "sterile" for today's way of life. Does this centenarian have any redeeming features or is it a dead loss?

Book Giveaway! ‘Disconnected’ by Andrew Leigh

Book Giveaway! ‘Disconnected’ by Andrew Leigh

This competition is closed. The winners selected strictly by the random number generator at RANDOM.ORG are #31 Jeff Tyson,  Friends of Alieu, and #33 Charles Richardson, Scarlateen. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Now that the political drama over who will lead the Government is over and we, the Australian people, are back at centre stage where we should properly be, it’s […]

Is social capital really declining?

Is social capital really declining?

Dr Andrew Leigh reckons the massive drop in support for the ALP in NSW isn’t due to any inherent defect in party organisation but rather to the broader trend of declining social capital. I think he’s pulling a long bow. But the bigger question to my mind is whether social capital really is on the […]

What’s good (and bad) about greater diversity?

What’s good (and bad) about greater diversity?

A standard objective these days in high-level city strategic plans is greater diversity. It’s mentioned, for example, in Melbourne 2030, in the Committee for Melbourne’s Beyond 5 Million and in The Grattan Institute’s The Cities We Need (see graphic). The Grattan Institute says diversity is important because “many economists think that mixing of ethnicity, age, […]

Does commuting erode social capital?

Does commuting erode social capital?

In his new book, Disconnected, Dr Andrew Leigh argues that social capital, defined as the level of trust and reciprocity between people, has declined in Australia. I’m not convinced, however, that one of the culprits he fingers for this loss is guilty. Several measures indicate social capital is on the wane – organisational membership, church […]

Why does Canberra have more social capital?

Why does Canberra have more social capital?

Newly elected Labor member for the seat of Fraser in the ACT, Andrew Leigh, argues that Canberra has the highest level of social capital of any of Australia’s capital cities. The former ANU economist contends that social capital – essentially the level of trust and reciprocity within communities – has declined in Australia. He points […]