The Age’s comparison of the density of Melbourne’s CBD with the density of New York City might massage the prejudices of its readers, but it’s rubbish Is Melbourne the new New York? Advertisements
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
It promised a lot, but this month oBike walked away from Melbourne after just one year. The key problem was the same one faced by all forms of cycling in Australian cities What can we learn from oBike’s demise? Advertisements
The recommendation that Melbourne’s Festival Hall be listed on the state Heritage Register highlights the shortcomings of the current approach to heritage Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection? Advertisements
A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job? Advertisements
Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?
There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is, but nowhere near most Are the jobs in the centre of the city?
The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?
Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as “sprawl” What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”? Advertisements
Federation Square isn’t the perfect place the critics of Apple’s proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they’d be costly Is Federation Square as good as it should get? Advertisements
Poor governance of infrastructure projects is costing billions of dollars and delivering questionable benefits to the community, say guest writers Roger Taylor and Ken Coghill Good governance must be the top priority Advertisements