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Alan Davies — Editor of The Urbanist

Alan Davies

Editor of The Urbanist

The Urbanist is edited by Dr Alan Davies, a principal of Melbourne-based economic and planning consultancy, Pollard Davies Consulting.

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Melbourne and Sydney are heading towards 8 million each -- but don't freak out

Alan DaviesMar 24, 2016

Growth is an opportunity, not a problem.

Is the Grand Prix worth $60 million a year?

Alan DaviesMar 18, 2016

The benefits from this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park won’t be remotely commensurate with the circa $60 million subsidy it demands from Victorians.

Should motorists be prosecuted for crashes with bikes?

Should motorists be prosecuted for crashes with bikes?

Alan DaviesMar 17, 2016

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.

Is it really cheaper to build infrastructure in the inner suburbs?

Alan DaviesMar 4, 2016

It’s a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there’s little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it might no longer be the case

How do you get people to stop driving and start taking public transport?

How do you get people to stop driving and start taking public transport?

Alan DaviesFeb 19, 20162 Comments

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities is welcome. Now he needs to come to grips with the painful reality of how ineffectual most of the fashionable urban policy prescriptions are

Is NSW’s one-metre cyclist protection law worth it?

Is NSW’s one-metre cyclist protection law worth it?

Alan DaviesFeb 17, 2016

NSW’s new law requiring motorists to leave a minimum distance when overtaking cyclists is a welcome initiative, but it’s only the first step in much-needed change to protect vulnerable road users.

Let apartment dwellers make up their own damn minds whether their units are too small

Alan DaviesFeb 11, 2016

Residents can work out for themselves if their apartment is big enough, light enough, or has enough storage. Where they really need help from government is with problems coming from outside their walls.

Is cycling on roads getting safer or more dangerous?

Is cycling on roads getting safer or more dangerous?

Alan DaviesFeb 9, 2016

Deaths may be declining in real terms, but the same cannot necessarily be said of serious injuries.

Turning Australia's roads into parkland is a bad idea

Alan DaviesDec 15, 2015

It might work in New York or Paris, but the idea of turning our freeways into parks does not work in Australia's low-density cities.

Same shit, different decade: Turnbull's 'innovation' ballad an '80s cover

Alan DaviesDec 9, 2015

"Innovation" has been peddled by PMs since the '80s. So what's so special about this latest push?