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Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Is the “20-minute city” mostly spin?

Alan Davies August 9, 2017 4 Comments

It seems an attractive idea, but the 20-minute city is more about marketing than substantive policy. Of course politicians love it; the rest of us have no excuse for being gullible

The bridge: does it have to carry cars to be successful?

The bridge: does it have to carry cars to be successful?

Alan Davies July 16, 2014 6 Comments

A new car-free bridge in Brisbane shows that strategically selected investment in bus, bicycle and walk infrastructure can have a huge effect on how people travel and where they choose to live

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Should the “20 minute city” be the key objective of planning?

Alan Davies December 3, 2012 9 Comments

Planners seem seduced by the idea that cities are just lots of self-contained villages. But that view misunderstands what cities are about and why they form.

Are there multiple 'Melbournes'?

Alan Davies December 9, 2010 6 Comments

The stereotype of people travelling long distances in Australian cities is wrong but persistent. The reality is that most trips are relatively close to home. For example, the accompanying chart and map show that 52% of all weekday trips (all purposes, all modes) by residents of the middle suburban municipality of Brimbank in Melbourne’s west […]

Why does Canberra have more social capital?

Alan Davies October 13, 2010 3 Comments

Newly elected Labor member for the seat of Fraser in the ACT, Andrew Leigh, argues that Canberra has the highest level of social capital of any of Australia’s capital cities. The former ANU economist contends that social capital – essentially the level of trust and reciprocity within communities – has declined in Australia. He points […]