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Who cares if Dallas Brooks Hall gets demolished?

Who cares if Dallas Brooks Hall gets demolished?

There was nary a whisper of protest from any quarter last week when the Andrews government approved demolition of Victoria's 1960s Dallas Brooks Hall. Does anyone care?

Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Victoria's new Planning Minister is happy to talk down city centre skyscrapers but he should appreciate the impact on metropolitan housing affordability of any action he takes to limit supply

Does Melbourne’s Metro Strategy need a bomb under it?

Does Melbourne’s Metro Strategy need a bomb under it?

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, seems to have forgotten about the Metropolitan Planning Strategy he promised during the election campaign. Mr Guy’s been in office since November 2010 and the team preparing the Metro Strategy for Melbourne was set up a year ago. Yet the only output we’ve seen so far is a web site, […]

Why expand Melbourne’s growth boundary?

Why expand Melbourne’s growth boundary?

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has taken a pasting over his decision earlier this month to expand Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by 5,858 hectares, as recommended by the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee he set up. The media point out this is the fourth time the UGB’s been expanded since it was promulgated in 2002. […]

Should our city centres get (a lot) denser?

Should our city centres get (a lot) denser?

Urbanists throughout Australia and the world were startled and amazed to read of the radical 20-50 year vision for expanding Melbourne’s CBD proposed last week by Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy. According to the Herald Sun, which headlined its story Mega Melbourne plan for skyscrapers in suburbs, Mr Guy’s plan will “see skyscrapers stretching from […]

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Metro Strategy: (2) what are the challenges?

Yesterday I talked about what I thought the new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne should be. That was mostly ‘mothers milk’, so now I want to say something about the substance of the strategy – what it should do. I have (mostly) refrained from proposing specific policies or solutions, preferring instead to point out the key […]

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

Metro Strategy: (1) what should it be?

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has apparently told The Age that preparation of the Government’s promised metropolitan strategy has started and will be completed within two years. I’ve previously pointed out some of the areas where I think Melbourne 2030 was found wanting, so I’ll offer some thoughts on what the new strategy should be and […]

"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 […]