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Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Sydney's CBD is pretty lifeless compared to Melbourne's. Is it the result of the lock-out law? Are Melbourne's laneways just too good? Or is it more likely there are structural reasons?

Is being “the world’s most liveable city” such a big deal?

Is being “the world’s most liveable city” such a big deal?

Yet again The Economist's Global Liveability Index is dominated by Australasian and Canadian cities, but it says little about their differences or what they're like to live in permanently

Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be "the slums of tomorrow". But does the claim hold up on closer examination?

Is Napthine about to stuff up Melbourne’s Metro?

Is Napthine about to stuff up Melbourne’s Metro?

It looks depressingly like the Victorian Government might be about to compromise the first major new electrified rail line in Melbourne in 40 years by addressing the wrong problem.

What can other cities learn from New York’s High Line?

What can other cities learn from New York’s High Line?

The High Line is a great example of how to re-use abandoned infrastructure. But cities seeking to emulate its success should consider that "re-purposing" is not always the right decision

Can other cities emulate the success of New York’s High Line?

Can other cities emulate the success of New York’s High Line?

New York's elevated linear park, the High Line, shows how "non-economic" infrastructure can transform an area. But the idea is unlikely to drive change to the same degree elsewhere.

Take a walk along Manhattan’s High Line

Take a walk along Manhattan’s High Line

I’m in awe of Google Maps. To my unalloyed delight, Google’s camera operators have gotten out of their Prius and taken a stroll along Manhattan’s High Line, cameras an’ all. Now everyone with access to a computer can experience (virtually) this great urban wonder (click the image above to take a walk in Street View). […]

Is Avalon side-tracking Tullamarine rail?

Is Avalon side-tracking Tullamarine rail?

The Baillieu Government is determined to press on with its election commitment to start construction of the $250 million rail link to Avalon Airport in its first term. The Premier did this nice photo op last week waving-in planes at Avalon. The Age reporter, Andrew Heasley, took a clever line, asking how the Government could […]

Must it be bright lights, big (dangerous) city?

Must it be bright lights, big (dangerous) city?

This article in The Sunday Age reminds us that, for all its virtues, there’s a dark side to density. In Melbourne’s CBD, it include drunks urinating in doorways, assaults, noise and rubbish dropped heedlessly anywhere. Physical proximity has driven human progress for millennia, driving trade and exchange. But it also brought severe problems, like the […]

Is the Lord Mayor's new parking charge a 'money grab'?

Is the Lord Mayor's new parking charge a 'money grab'?

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, has bought himself a heap of trouble with Council’s decision to impose a flat $4 charge for parking in the CBD from 7.30 pm to midnight (see here, here, here and here). The new fee will apply to 3,000 on-street metered parking spaces that are currently free at […]