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Is this week's Grand Prix worth the cost?

Is this week's Grand Prix worth the cost?

Alan DaviesMar 21, 20175 Comments

Victorian taxpayers will spend around $60 million subsidising this year's Grand Prix and a further $360 million to the end of the current contract. Time to share the cost

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Alan DaviesMar 1, 2017

There's a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn't been made that capital cities are "too big" or that it's the best strategy

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Alan DaviesFeb 20, 201717 Comments

Population growth brings risks and will change the character of a city like Melbourne if it continues, but it's more likely to make it a better place for most residents

What's government done to make public transport better?

What's government done to make public transport better?

Alan DaviesFeb 13, 20177 Comments

A look at what successive governments have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne

Should public transport be

Should public transport be "returned to the people"?

Alan DaviesFeb 8, 201712 Comments

There are calls to bring management of Melbourne's train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let's see the evidence

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Alan DaviesDec 20, 20166 Comments

It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

Alan DaviesDec 14, 201611 Comments

The Victorian government's proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature - but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Alan DaviesNov 14, 20163 Comments

Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Should we have an Australian Museum of Popular Music?

Alan DaviesSep 20, 20166 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

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