Topic archives: Sydney

Is Sydney really full to the brim?

Is Sydney really full to the brim?

October 11, 2017 16

It’ll make mistakes like it always has, but Sydney’s problem with growth isn’t about physical capacity. The issue is most existing home owners don’t want things to change

That was The week That was… w/e 24 September

That was The week That was… w/e 24 September

September 24, 2017

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism that were in the news over the week ending 24 September 2017

Weekend reading August 5/6

August 4, 2017

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

June 19, 2017 7

The Grenfell Tower fire was the result of flawed policy on public housing, not some inherent flaw in the high-rise residential building type

Sunday reading

May 21, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Are Australia’s big cities dense enough?

Are Australia’s big cities dense enough?

May 2, 2017 6

The extensive suburbs in the middle rings of Australia's east coast capitals explain why the "missing middle" is so much less dense than in comparable Canadian cities

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

April 19, 2017 5

The assertion that rail travellers pay a $7.96 access fee to Sydney Airport on top of the Opal fare is wrong and lets the NSW Government off the hook

Sunday links

April 16, 2017

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

Thursday links

April 13, 2017

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

Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

October 25, 2016 5

Recreating the character and community of the inner city in the middle and outer suburbs would require much more than building a similar physical enviroment

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

Why is the centre of Sydney so dull?

September 14, 2016 8

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?

Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

Are city centre apartment towers really slums?

September 5, 2016 2

It's a common charge but Melbourne's city centre apartment towers aren't remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

August 15, 2016 3

The Victorian government has no idea if its draft standards for apartments will make future residents better off or worse off. That's poor policy-making

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?

August 5, 2016 10

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

Should urban golf courses be used for something else?

August 2, 2016 2

Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use very large tracts of urban land

Are buses “visible” enough?

Are buses “visible” enough?

July 25, 2016 9

There's a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that's often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved but also made more legible

Are Sydney’s “empty homes” the result of perverse tax incentives?

Are Sydney’s “empty homes” the result of perverse tax incentives?

March 29, 2016 14

It's not certain Sydney even has a serious "empty homes" problem much less one driven by tax incentives. There are simpler and more plausible explanations for unoccupied dwellings

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

March 16, 2016 8

Politicians don't like to be too specific because it invites criticism and accountability, so both the Government and the Opposition are spinning the aspirational idea of "the 30-minute city"

Are bingles an inconvenience for cyclists or deadly serious?

Are bingles an inconvenience for cyclists or deadly serious?

March 14, 2016 23

What's a mere bingle for a motorist is usually a painful injury for a cyclist and often much worse. Policy needs to recognise that for cyclists bingles aren't a minor annoyance; they can be deadly

Should we be building new rail lines up in the air?

Should we be building new rail lines up in the air?

March 3, 2016 7

It would be a pity if the "Sky Rail" brouhaha in Melbourne over removal of level crossings were to damage the potential use of elevated rail for totally new rail lines in all Australian cities