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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

Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?

Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?

Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is because it includes the CBD, but nowhere near most

Is “the suburbs” a useful idea anymore?

Is “the suburbs” a useful idea anymore?

Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of "the suburbs" is itself no longer appropriate

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

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.

Decentralisation of CBD jobs: will it save the suburbs?

Decentralisation of CBD jobs: will it save the suburbs?

Bernard Salt had a fascinating but ultimately somewhat flawed article in The Australian last Saturday, Welcome to the Metropolis, which looks “at how Melbourne is narrowing the gap with Sydney in the contest to become the nation’s top city”. It’s gated, but well worth reading – I recommend doing what I did and taking out […]

What’s happening with suburban jobs in Melbourne?

What’s happening with suburban jobs in Melbourne?

The first exhibit shows the popular view of the geography of urban employment in Australia’s largest cities. It is commonly assumed the great bulk of jobs – and certainly virtually all “good” jobs – is located in the CBD. This is an understandable view given the first exhibit shows the spatial distribution of employment density in […]