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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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Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Alan DaviesMay 1, 20177 Comments

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews' "Night Network" is the worst kind of initiative because it was an election promise made from opposition with scant analysis or regard for what’s good policy.

Victoria's housing affordability changes won't make housing more affordable

Victoria's housing affordability changes won't make housing more affordable

Alan DaviesMar 8, 201714 Comments

The Victorian government says "it's tackling housing affordability head on", but its new housing initiatives are mostly about keeping up appearances.

It's time we actively reduced the number of private cars on the road

It's time we actively reduced the number of private cars on the road

Alan DaviesJan 30, 201712 Comments

However, improving public transport, by itself, won't reduce our reliance on private vehicles.

Can anything save Melbourne's Greyhound Hotel?

Can anything save Melbourne's Greyhound Hotel?

Alan DaviesDec 5, 2016

A Melbourne icon is to meet the wrecking ball.

Why are our suburban houses so enormous?

Why are our suburban houses so enormous?

Alan DaviesNov 22, 2016

It's a commonplace observation that new detached houses in Australia's outer suburbs are much bigger than in the past. The interesting question is, why?

Absinthe bars and poetry dens: should we bring inner-city living to the outer suburbs?

Absinthe bars and poetry dens: should we bring inner-city living to the outer suburbs?

Alan DaviesOct 26, 2016

Could blocks of terrace houses be built to foster community in the outer suburbs?

Stop with the airport link, Sunday Age, you're embarrassing yourself

Stop with the airport link, Sunday Age, you're embarrassing yourself

Alan DaviesOct 11, 2016

No, the Andrews government has not flagged a possible shift towards an airport link. So stop pretending it has, Fairfax.

For Pete's sake, can't we talk about infrastructure without playing politics?

For Pete's sake, can't we talk about infrastructure without playing politics?

Alan DaviesOct 6, 2016

Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box.

The truth about the Sunday Age’s report on ‘secret’ airport rail meeting

The truth about the Sunday Age’s report on ‘secret’ airport rail meeting

Alan DaviesOct 4, 2016

Unfortunately, what we have here is a case of manufacturing controversy from nothing.

Enough is enough, hipsters: wear your damn bike helmet

Enough is enough, hipsters: wear your damn bike helmet

Alan DaviesSep 26, 2016

Helmets are not worse than useless -- they significantly reduce head injuries. It's time to stop staying otherwise.

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