First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are the latter is more about politics than real policy Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it’s a whole new world?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive “quarter acre” lots is common but it’s a myth and was never true in the modern era Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?
Here’s a parallel universe “fantasy” vision of what Melbourne’s tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne
The City of Sydney reckons the NSW Government wants to redevelop Waterloo at a density “greater than anything in Singapore”. Turns out Council’s fear of density is ill-founded Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?
Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?
A starter list of practical and pressing issues facing cities that don’t seem to get nearly enough attention from Australian university researchers Is academia researching the urban issues that matter?
Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they’re mostly about keeping up professional appearances What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?
The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is promising to follow in the tracks of Boris Johnson and build more Cycle Superhighways. It’s time we did too Is it time our cities got Cycle Superhighways?
The social costs of cycling are much lower than those of driving but according to a recent Danish study it’s not because of reduced pollution or emissions What’s the cost of cycling vs driving?
Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they’re really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl Is decentralisation the answer to cities that are “too big”?