The Victorian governments proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature – but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
Segregating bicycles from vehicles is universally recognised as a key safety practice; one way it’s achieved in the Netherlands is by pushing through traffic on to motorways Do motorways help make cycling safer?
The argument that Australian cities can significantly increase inner city density by replicating European housing forms is an argument for keeping newcomers out Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?
Melbourne Airport is “begging” for a rail line to the airport asap; Infrastructure Victoria says not just yet. More effort needs to be put into being ready to go when necessary Should Melbourne Airport rail be put on the front-burner?
Researchers suggest pedestrians should be subject to a mandatory BAC limit and be breath tested at random. There’s a problem, but it’s not pedestrians What about RBT for pedestrians?
The planning and heritage systems can’t do much about another inner suburban Melbourne pub – this time in St Kilda – being replaced by apartments and shops Can this pub be protected from apartments?
Some progressives are reluctant to support congestion charging because of concerns about its equity effects. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?
Politicians like the idea of moving government functions to regional centres in the name of decentralisation; but the wider net social benefits are mostly political Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?
More people want to live closer to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they’ve got Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?
We’re often told suburban sprawl replaces agricultural land and is a serious threat to future food security, but the evidence suggests it’s not a such a big deal Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?