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Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Alan DaviesSep 20, 20165 Comments

The demolition of Melbourne's Palace Theatre suggests it's time to create a museum that showcases the history and breadth of the Australian popular music industry

Should removal of this level crossing get priority?

Should removal of this level crossing get priority?

Alan DaviesSep 16, 20162 Comments

Two deaths this week at a Melbourne level crossing prompted calls to prioritise its removal. But it's a much more complex decision; there are other important issues to take into account

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Alan DaviesSep 14, 20168 Comments

Sydney's CBD is pretty lifeless compared to Melbourne's. Is it the result of the lock-out law? Are Melbourne's laneways just too good? Or is it more likely there are structural reasons?

Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

Alan DaviesSep 5, 20162 Comments

It's a common charge but Melbourne's city centre apartment towers aren't remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Alan DaviesAug 15, 20163 Comments

The Victorian government has no idea if its draft standards for apartments will make future residents better off or worse off. That's poor policy-making

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20162 Comments

Melbourne is supposedly about to lose top spot in the world's most liveable city rankings. So what? It's a meaningless tick useful only for politicking by all sides

What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

Alan DaviesAug 5, 201610 Comments

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

How big a problem are

How big a problem are "super commutes"?

Alan DaviesAug 3, 20162 Comments

Rely on the sensationalising media for news and you might conclude most suburban workers suffer daily "super commutes" of an hour and a half or more. Not so

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Alan DaviesAug 2, 20162 Comments

Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use very large tracts of urban land

Is walking to work the way to go?

Is walking to work the way to go?

Alan DaviesJul 28, 20163 Comments

Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. Its great advantage is it doesn't require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure

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