There's very little reason to think the Andrews government's promised suburban loop rail line will catalyse jobs growth in suburban centres on a scale that even remotely justifies the cost
It’s easy to give the appearance of being progressive when the proof of the pudding won’t be known until 2050, but sometimes inconvenient truths can't be overlooked
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
A speculation on some of the wider and less commonly cited changes - not all positive - that might happen in a would where autonomous vehicles have replaced human controlled vehicles
Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity
The chances of getting the massive funding required to build major urban rail projects any time soon don't look promising. What might happen to our cities if they're never built?
The received wisdom these days is the structure of big cities should be 'polycentric' rather than 'monocentric'. It's apparently so self-evidently desireable there's no need to consult with the public!
We're increasingly being told we need higher job densities in our cities to exploit 'agglomeration economies' associated with the 'knowledge economy'. But are the benefits exaggerated?
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.
Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.