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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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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?

Alan DaviesAug 23, 201710 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesAug 10, 20172 Comments

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

Alan DaviesJul 6, 20174 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesJul 4, 201710 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesJun 30, 20174 Comments

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?

Alan DaviesJun 22, 2017

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?

Alan DaviesJun 20, 20177 Comments

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

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.