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Mayne: forget bike bans, is Melbourne killing car-sharing?

Stephen Mayne July 17, 2015 3 Comments

Melbourne should be willing to forego some of its parking revenue in order to encourage the environmentally sustainable business of car-sharing

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Alan Davies January 6, 2015

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today -- say in a city such as Sydney -- would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

Clover Moore is only half the story: shadowy panel devouring Sydney land

Clover Moore is only half the story: shadowy panel devouring Sydney land

Crikey August 20, 2014 3 Comments

An Orwellian five-member panel will be making planning decisions surrounding Sydney public land in future. Cui bono? NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell reports.

Infrastructure: does getting the facts right matter anymore?

Infrastructure: does getting the facts right matter anymore?

Alan Davies September 26, 2013

Being straight with the truth seems to be an increasingly rare occurrence in the community consultation process, to the detriment of local goodwill and responsible planning, writes Alan Davies.

Abbott pushes city limits: scrapping urban policy unit a mistake

Abbott pushes city limits: scrapping urban policy unit a mistake

Alan Davies September 24, 2013

There are reports Tony Abbott plans to scrap the Major Cities Unit. He won’t save much money, but he could deprive his government of expert advice in a critically important policy area.

Should the public expect to like public art?

Should the public expect to like public art?

The Urbanist August 20, 2013

Recent outcries over public art installations show that not everyone is thrilled by artistic statements in public places, writes Alan Davies.

Is there a relationship between home ownership and high unemployment?

Is there a relationship between home ownership and high unemployment?

The Urbanist May 29, 2013

Researchers pin a lot of things on suburban sprawl, writes Alan Davies, who scrutinises a new report claiming home ownership is associated with higher levels of unemployment.

As High St dies, it’s time to build a new main street

As High St dies, it’s time to build a new main street

Guy Rundle January 15, 2013 18 Comments

Downtown is dying, in America and and now in the UK with news of the collapse of retailers Jessops and HMV. Crikey's man-at-large writes from London on why it's time to rethink our city planning.

Is urban sprawl undermining food security?

Crikey May 28, 2012

Many observers are concerned urban sprawl is sterilising prime vegetable-growing land in the peri-urban areas around our major cities, writes Alan Davies.

Pedalling down the bicycle path debate

Pedalling down the bicycle path debate

Crikey May 8, 2012

A key reason the Netherlands has the highest level of cycling for day-to-day transport in the world is its extensive network of high quality, safe bicycle paths. But it wasn’t always like that, writes Alan Davies.