August 10, 2017
If the "20-minute" city is defined by how many everyday services can be accessed by bicycle then we've already got it and the claims of Federal and State leaders look like a con
August 9, 2017 4
It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible
March 15, 2017 2
It's taken since 2014 to prepare, but despite the name, the "refresh" of Plan Melbourne doesn't deliver on its most basic pretension; it's not really a plan!
March 13, 2017 18
Melbourne needs an orbital or "ring" light metro linking major suburban centres to take radial trips off the road system, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook
March 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
November 14, 2016 3
Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development
October 11, 2016 3
The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades
April 27, 2016 14
City managers aren't doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they'll be ready to use on public roads very soon - as autonomous buses and trams
September 9, 2015 6
The idea that a big city should be turned into a "20 minute city" is marketing fluff. People don't live in cities of two to five million so they can replicate some idea of traditional country town life
August 31, 2015 9
A press report about a new urban fringe suburb plays to the stereotypes of sprawl but the critics seem to have little idea about what's really happening with new outer suburban developments
March 10, 2015 25
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
June 23, 2014 12
It increasingly seems it's not if we'll be transported in driverless cars but when. There're lots of potential benefits but realising them will be hard. It's likely there'll also be some downsides
June 4, 2014 2
Metropolitan strategic plans seek to reduce sprawl by directing the lion's share of growth to established parts of the city. Despite what it claims, Plan Melbourne seems to do the opposite
June 3, 2014
Australia's capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can't imagine different futures won't cope with an uncertain outlook
December 16, 2013 14
The Napthine Government's new motorway took another blow last week when members of the Plan Melbourne Advisory Committee resigned in protest. But why so late and so publicly?
December 11, 2013 13
The idea that every home should have local services and facilities within a 20 minute walk, cycle or public transport trip seems a no-brainer. But is it a worthwhile and realistic goal, or a dream?
November 26, 2013 6
State governments are keen to “protect” the suburbs from redevelopment pressures. But it’s not clear they’re doing enough to protect housing affordability and choice
November 12, 2013 10
Australia's capital cities face enormous growth pressures. Will building more motorways and rail lines be enough to ensure they can grow while remaining liveable?
October 15, 2013 1
There are numerous calls to "de-politicise" strategic land use and infrastructure decisions by putting them at arm's length from state and local government politicians
October 14, 2013 12
Siphoning metropolitan growth off to regional centres is proposed as an answer to urban sprawl. But is it a case of shifting the problem elsewhere at higher cost?