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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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Could an Andrews government really deliver on transport promises?

Could an Andrews government really deliver on transport promises?

The UrbanistNov 25, 2014

One of Victorian Labor’s key promises is to remove 50 of Melbourne’s worst level crossings over 8 years. If it wins government this Saturday it might’ve promised more than it can deliver.

Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

The UrbanistAug 21, 2014

Five Australasian cities and three Canadian cities once again dominate the annual Global Liveability Index, but it doesn’t tell us much about cities as places to live, or the differences between them.

Is Sydney’s Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

Is Sydney’s Cloud Arch sculpture just a giant logo?

The UrbanistAug 4, 2014

Sydney City Council’s proposed giant Cloud Arch sculpture looks good, but means little. Australia’s premier city should aspire to something more authentic than a giant logo.

Why city centre apartments won't be the slums of the future

Why city centre apartments won't be the slums of the future

The UrbanistJul 28, 2014

One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be “the slums of tomorrow”. But does the claim hold up on closer examination?

Should the government intervene in housing design?

Should the government intervene in housing design?

The UrbanistJul 25, 2014

The Victorian Government Architect is proposing a mandatory design standard for apartments. But it’s not all milk and honey; it’ll lower housing supply, raise costs and reduce housing choice

How Brisbane's car-free bridge changed the spread of the city

How Brisbane's car-free bridge changed the spread of the city

The UrbanistJul 17, 2014

Brisbane's car-free Eleanor Schonell Bridge has been a huge success. Should cities look at replicating the concept?

Tea Party planning: Tecoma McDonald's v Bendigo mosque

Tea Party planning: Tecoma McDonald's v Bendigo mosque

The UrbanistJul 4, 2014

What happens when ideology gets in the way of town planning?

Does high visibility clothing really help cyclists?

Does high visibility clothing really help cyclists?

The UrbanistJul 3, 2014

There’s an emerging meme that high visibility clothing doesn't make cycling safer. In certain limited circumstances that’s probably true but in most situations being easily seen still makes good sense.

Guns in your neighbourhood

Guns in your neighbourhood

The UrbanistJul 1, 2014

Licensed gun ownership is mostly a country phenomenon, but even if you live in the inner suburbs it’s likely there are hundreds of firearms in dwellings within the same postcode as you.

Does housing supply impact on inequality?

Does housing supply impact on inequality?

The UrbanistJun 30, 2014

More residential developments are being approved in Melbourne than in Sydney. Is this the cause of the harbour city's housing woes?

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