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Thursday links

Interesting, useful, sometimes provocative, sometimes contrarian, and occasionally amusing links for urbanists

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

City managers aren't doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they'll be ready to use on public roads very soon - as autonomous buses and trams

How long before driverless vehicles take over cities?

How long before driverless vehicles take over cities?

Driverless vehicles offer huge potential benefits but it’s unlikely they’ll materialise soon. Besides the regulatory and commercial obstacles, it's still early days for the technology

My ‘Novel of the year’ for urbanists (and economists, and…)

My ‘Novel of the year’ for urbanists (and economists, and…)

Anyone interested in cities will likely be fascinated by Tom Campbell's witty and insightful take on getting ahead in London. And what other novelist cites Kenneth Arrow?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Australia's capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can't imagine different futures won't cope with an uncertain outlook

Why are Australians driving less than they used to?

Why are Australians driving less than they used to?

Although there's a lot of variation across countries, westerners are generally driving less. There're lots of potential explanations but pinning down the key ones is proving hard

Is Melbourne better than Sydney?

Is Melbourne better than Sydney?

Sydney-Melbourne rivalry dates back to 1835 and there are still plenty who argue passionately that one city's better than the other. So is one really better? Or is it nonsense?

What’re the worlds’ most walkable cities?

What’re the worlds’ most walkable cities?

Frommer’s published a top-ten list of The world’s most walkable cities for tourists a couple of days ago. Few will be surprised Florence and Paris top the list but there might be some raised eyebrows that Venice isn’t there. And Melbourne and Sydney among the ten most walkable cities in the entire universe? The full […]

How can a country win more Olympic medals?

How can a country win more Olympic medals?

Olympic watchers who aren’t happy with their country’s absolute medal count can always get solace from one of the many places offering alternative medal tables, like The Guardian’s Datablog. It shows that at the end of day 12 New Zealand, for example, was lying in third place on the population-adjusted medals ladder. That’s much better […]

Are high home-ownership countries wealthier?

Are high home-ownership countries wealthier?

As the exhibit shows, there’s evidently much more to a country’s level of home ownership than the wealth of its citizens. Germany is one of the richest countries on the list, yet its home ownership rate is 42% compared to 98% in considerably poorer Bulgaria. I’ve taken this data from Wiki, but it’s similar to […]