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Topic archives: Plan Melbourne

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

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

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

August 9, 2017 4 Comments

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

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

Is Plan Melbourne really, actually…a plan?

March 15, 2017 2 Comments

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!

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

March 13, 2017 18 Comments

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

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

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

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

November 14, 2016 3 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

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

October 11, 2016 3 Comments

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

April 27, 2016 14 Comments

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

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

September 9, 2015 6 Comments

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

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

August 31, 2015 9 Comments

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