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The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

The Urbanist Digest, Vol 2, 2017

Alan DaviesJun 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

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Alan DaviesApr 27, 201710 Comments

The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand

Why has walking to school stumbled so badly?

Why has walking to school stumbled so badly?

Alan DaviesApr 11, 201712 Comments

The proportion of children driven to primary school has raced ahead over the last 30 to 40 years. The standard solutions won't change that by much, but there's hope

What's Turnbull's airport rail adventure all about?

What's Turnbull's airport rail adventure all about?

Alan DaviesApr 10, 201715 Comments

The funding the Turnbull Government says it will provide to Victoria in next month’s budget for a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport is about politics, not good policy

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Alan DaviesDec 20, 20166 Comments

It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it

Should cycling get a huge increase in funding?

Should cycling get a huge increase in funding?

Alan DaviesJun 7, 20163 Comments

It's an ultra low-cost option with real potential to provide mobility in increasingly congested inner areas. Cycling warrants a massive increase in funding for infrastructure

Is the Greens' transport policy mostly vote-bait?

Is the Greens' transport policy mostly vote-bait?

Alan DaviesJun 6, 20166 Comments

Just like the major parties, the Greens' transport policy for the 2016 election is mostly about looking good rather than proposing policies that will make a real difference

Turnbull's Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

Turnbull's Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

Alan DaviesMay 2, 20166 Comments

The Prime Minister's vaunted Smart Cities Plan is light on actions but it offers some interesting insights into the Government's thinking on cities policy

Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Alan DaviesMar 2, 201614 Comments

A study of urban form in the US concludes that increasing the density of population and employment is a slow way to significantly reduce car use compared to directly pricing driving

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Alan DaviesFeb 1, 201628 Comments

Politicians like to give the impression they're taking action to prepare our cities for growth but it's mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars