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Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn't true

Would a satellite city re-energise Ted Baillieu?

Would a satellite city re-energise Ted Baillieu?

The editorial in The Age yesterday, Mr Premier times are tough but you can leave your mark in the west, is one of the strangest opinion pieces I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so odd I wonder if its collateral damage from the current restructure at Fairfax. It ostensibly mirrors an accompanying feature, Faith […]

Who's buying homes on the fringe?

Who's buying homes on the fringe?

If you think that home buyers in the fringe Growth Area LGAs are predominantly young renters buying their first McMansion, then think again. A survey released today by property consultants Oliver Hulme profiles home buyers in the Growth Areas LGAs i.e. Wyndham, Melton, Hume, Whittlesea, Casey and Cardinia. Given the brouhaha in The Age today […]

How dense are Melbourne's outer suburbs?

How dense are Melbourne's outer suburbs?

The densities of new outer suburbs in Melbourne are increasing, driven not by regulation but by the changing tastes of buyers

Was Melton a bad idea?

Was Melton a bad idea?

I’ve referred to satellite cities in passing in recent weeks, both those around London and our own Melton and Sunbury. They’re a once-fashionable but very peculiar idea that might get another run if recent population projections are taken seriously. So it’s worth looking at the idea more closely, particularly how it’s been handled in Melbourne. […]

"If London can do it, why can't Melbourne?"

"If London can do it, why can't Melbourne?"

If London can really grow without expanding its urban perimeter, why did our planning Minister, Justin Madden, seek to extend Melbourne’s urban growth boundary last year? As I noted on Friday (How big is Melbourne?), journalist Jason Dowling says that “forever outward expansion (of Melbourne) is not a necessity. London has barely touched its urban […]

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne?

How big is Melbourne really? This issue is ‘front of mind’ this morning because of a recent claim in The Age that Melbourne “is already the eighth largest city in the world in geographical size, stretching about 100 km from east to west”. This is a common view. In June last year The Age’s editorialist said […]