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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.

Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really create jobs?

Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really create jobs?

The NSW government’s planned Aerotropolis is spinning to residents of western Sydney. It's more about useful politics than plausible policy.

Why the Melbourne Bike Share scheme failed

Why the Melbourne Bike Share scheme failed

Despite needing millions of dollars per year to operate, Melbourne Bike Share has received a decade of indifference from riders. But the reasons behind its failure are not clear-cut.

Sydney isn't full. Its existing home owners just hate change.

Sydney isn't full. Its existing home owners just hate change.

According to many residents, Sydney has suddenly reached capacity. But the problem isn't a physical one: it's political.

Kids are staying indoors more than ever, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

Kids are staying indoors more than ever, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

Generational differences often obsess us. With children staying at home more Alan Davies asks why, and then remembers that in his day differences didn't necessitate deficiencies.

Will Australians be living in '20-minute cities' by the middle of this century?

Will Australians be living in '20-minute cities' by the middle of this century?

Living within a 20-minute walk of your work, your supermarket, your gym, your doctor, your friends and family, etc, sounds like a very nice idea, but is it feasible?

Suburban sprawl isn't quite the nightmarish dystopia The Age makes out

Suburban sprawl isn't quite the nightmarish dystopia The Age makes out

There are more than a few arguable claims in a recent Age article that should be challenged because they seriously bias understanding of the issues.

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it's too late?

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it's too late?

Determining the appropriate level of immigration for our cities is obviously an important public policy issue but too often sensible discussion is derailed by knee-jerk accusations of xenophobia or racism.

Do we have to have bollards in our CBDs?

Do we have to have bollards in our CBDs?

It's regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces.

After Grenfell: are 'towers' even the best design for public housing blocks?

After Grenfell: are 'towers' even the best design for public housing blocks?

There is a dystopian stereotype about public housing that is remarkably common, which involves putting the blame put on all those damn high-rise towers.

Should we stop building residential towers in the wake of Grenfell disaster?

Should we stop building residential towers in the wake of Grenfell disaster?

If no fire engine can reach up 20 storeys, should we stop building high-rise apartments?