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Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Fringe suburbs have historically always had fewer jobs than workers. What policy makers should focus on is providing good transport links to the more central parts of the city where most of the employers want to be

Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?

Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?

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

Will Fishermans Bend meet its sustainability target?

Will Fishermans Bend meet its sustainability target?

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

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

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

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

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

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

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

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?

Are there issues that don’t warrant consultation?

Are there issues that don’t warrant consultation?

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!

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

Agglomeration economies: are they exaggerated?

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?

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.