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Weekend reading July 1 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Have the Premiers finally ‘gotten’ New Urbanism?

Have the Premiers finally ‘gotten’ New Urbanism?

A visiting Canadian expert appears to have done what the locals couldn't: inspired most of the Premiers to improve the health of city dwellers through better urban planning

Do we still need good neighbours?

Do we still need good neighbours?

We have less to do with our neighbours than in the past but it doesn't appear to be a big problem for most of us; there are some though who would benefit a lot from good neighbours

Is Canberra the worst city in Australia?

Is Canberra the worst city in Australia?

Poor Canberra. It’s the most planned city in the country yet it’s a byword for all the horrors of car-based 21st century cities. But is it as appalling as its detractors make out or are they out of touch?

Book giveway! ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ by Andrew Leigh

Book giveway! ‘Battlers & Billionaires’ by Andrew Leigh

In his forthcoming book, Battlers & Billionaires, Andrew Leigh asks: Is Australia fair enough? To answer the question, Black Inc. has given The Urbanist two copies to give away to readers

A disparate collection of links for urbanists

A disparate collection of links for urbanists

A diverse collection of links including a free e-book on Chicago, telling statistical truth from lies, underground metros in China, the dark side of social capital, the 10 happiest cities in the world...

Are conservative Premiers going all soft and gooey?

Are conservative Premiers going all soft and gooey?

Comments during the week by Australia’s two newest Premiers suggest traditional political understandings might need to be revised. Ideas like creating walkable communities and increasing social capital aren’t usually associated with the conservative side of politics, yet the Premiers of the country’s newest blue States are co-opting them with the enthusiasm of born-again hippies. First we […]

Is the centre of the world the neighbourhood?

Is the centre of the world the neighbourhood?

One of the most enduring and pervasive ideas in urban policy is that cities should consist of numerous self-contained and self-sufficient neighbourhoods. With urban villages anchoring each neighbourhood, residents could work, shop, study and play locally, thereby saving on travel and building a strong sense of neighbourhood community. I’ve long been dubious about this romantic […]

Book Giveaway! ‘Disconnected’ by Andrew Leigh

Book Giveaway! ‘Disconnected’ by Andrew Leigh

This competition is closed. The winners selected strictly by the random number generator at RANDOM.ORG are #31 Jeff Tyson,  Friends of Alieu, and #33 Charles Richardson, Scarlateen. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Now that the political drama over who will lead the Government is over and we, the Australian people, are back at centre stage where we should properly be, it’s […]