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Interesting, useful, sometimes provocative and occasionally amusing links for anyone interested in cities

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Sydney is Australia’s acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney's growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne's

Do ‘creative class’ cities benefit all residents?

Do ‘creative class’ cities benefit all residents?

Apart from Jane Jacobs, few urban theorists have influenced urban policy-makers as much as Richard Florida. Now he says the benefits of attracting the creative class don't trickle down to all

Are bigger cities less diverse?

Are bigger cities less diverse?

We’re used to the idea that large cities are melting pots of diversity where exposure to difference and new ideas promotes innovation and creativity. However according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, a new study suggests bigger cities not only don’t promote diversity but seem to lead to its opposite, uniformity. The bigger […]

Is commuting killing us?

Is commuting killing us?

Long commutes cause obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia. Your commute is in fact killing you, according to this story published in Slate last week. And it’s bad for others too – in his Melbourne address last month, Robert Putnam argued that a ten minute increase in commute time reduces social capital by […]

Do we spend too much time commuting?

Do we spend too much time commuting?

I’m currently reading a new book by writer and journalist Jenny Sinclair, When we think about Melbourne: the imagination of a city. This fascinating book sets out to discover what makes Melbourne unique and, according to the cover blurb, ultimately concludes that it’s all in our collective imagination. I’m only a little way into the […]

Is commuting (very) bad for you?

Is commuting (very) bad for you?

Let me say from the outset that I’ve long been sceptical about some of the methods used by Richard Florida, celebrated author of The Rise of the Creative Class. And I’m not the only one – this review of his book by Edward Glaeser is written with a velvet glove but packs an iron fist. […]