Topic archives: Melbourne

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?

May 21, 2018 6

Heritage Victoria's recommendation to list Melbourne’s Festival Hall on the state Heritage Register highlights the shortcomings of the current approach to heritage

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

Are the jobs in the centre of the city?

March 19, 2018 8

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 subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

Is subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

September 27, 2017 16

The fare travellers will pay - whether less than $5 or more than $25 - is a key issue in planning for a mass transit connection between Melbourne Airport and the city centre

That was The week That was… w/e 24 September

That was The week That was… w/e 24 September

September 24, 2017

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism that were in the news over the week ending 24 September 2017

How safe is cycling on city roads?

How safe is cycling on city roads?

September 19, 2017 7

The likelihood of suffering a serious injury while cycling on urban roads is extremely low, but it seems our tolerance for risk is even lower

Can Melbourne be the new Amsterdam?

Can Melbourne be the new Amsterdam?

September 5, 2017 14

It’s an appealing meme, but the idea Australian cities could replicate the experience of Amsterdam if only they had the political will is harder than it might look

Is Melbourne’s liveability gong mostly bullshit?

Is Melbourne’s liveability gong mostly bullshit?

August 17, 2017 4

The media and politicians continue to give it credibility but they know the EIU's 'world's most liveable city' gong has little bearing on the life of residents of Melbourne

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

August 16, 2017 1

We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it's mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit's strengths lie elsewhere

Weekend reading 12 August

August 11, 2017

Weekend reading, July 15/16

July 15, 2017

Is popular support for city growth disappearing?

Is popular support for city growth disappearing?

July 12, 2017 24

No matter what experts think, slowing population growth – and hence immigration – seems to be a very powerful political idea winning support across the demographic board

Weekend reading, July 8/9

July 8, 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

July 1, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

June 30, 2017

A digest of all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in the June quarter 2017, including airports, transport, heritage, cycling, planning, health, infrastructure, housing, regions

Can security bollards be done better?

Can security bollards be done better?

June 26, 2017 7

It's regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

June 19, 2017 7

The Grenfell Tower fire was the result of flawed policy on public housing, not some inherent flaw in the high-rise residential building type

Should Doncaster BRT be a priority?

Should Doncaster BRT be a priority?

June 13, 2017 7

A private proposal to build and operate a Bus Rapid Transit system in Doncaster looks promising but taxpayers will ultimately pay for it; so it's vital to make sure it's a high priority

A fantasy cycling map for inner Melbourne

A fantasy cycling map for inner Melbourne

May 22, 2017 5

Here's master mapmaker Adam Mattinson's vision of what a high quality cycling network could look like in an Australian city. At present, unfortunately, it's sheer fantasy

The Melbourne Subway Map (a rail fantasy)

The Melbourne Subway Map (a rail fantasy)

May 17, 2017 1

A fantastical vision from mapmaker Adam Mattinson of what a subway underneath Melbourne's inner suburbs could look like if it were as connected as Tokyo's famous system