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Politicians like to give the impression they’re taking action to prepare Australia’s capital cities for growth but it’s mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars Will politicians ever do anything about cars in our cities?
A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2015, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more What were the most-read articles published by The Urbanist in 2015?
It’s almost Christmas so here’re some pre-certified suggestions for good novels to read over the holidays. They’re mostly quite recent and some of them are even very fashionable reading at the moment What books to read over the holiday season?
Including liveable suburbs, the media and cities, what Turnbull should do on cities policy, public transport, traffic congestion, airport rail, distinctive city architecture, Paris Metro, cycling in Amsterdam, and inner suburban parking All the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month
Links to ten interesting new articles for urbanists and others from around the traps Friday’s links for urbanists
‘River may be dammed for new tollway’ says The Age. Either Victoria’s Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?
Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design Should the walls come down at the North Fitzroy Star hotel?
There’s lots of support for the principle of congestion charging but many progressives are ambivalent because of concerns about the equity of the policy. That view needs a rethink Are equity concerns with congestion charging a deal breaker?
Decking over motorways to provide more parkland in our cities might sound like a wonderful thing but it would be extraordinarily expensive and very hard to justify in our low density cities Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?
Multifarious links for urbanists
If our cities are going to benefit from the transformative potential of autonomous vehicles, we need to start building a consensus now that they should be implemented strictly as shared vehicles What should we be doing now to prepare for driverless cars?
The Prime Minister’s innovation statement looks like the grandchild of the high profile programs Bob Hawke and his Industry Minister, John Button, set up in the early 1980s to promote, well, innovation Innovation: haven’t we been here before?
The Walkleys capture a view of journalism that’s extraordinarily important but it’s not the only one. The Awards could do more to encourage journalists to spend time on analysing “boring” policy issues Do the Walkleys promote hard-nosed policy debate?
The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it’s used or consensus about what a metro actually is What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?
The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn’t true Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?
The population density of metropolitan Paris is five times that of Melbourne. It explains a lot about the why Australian cities have developed in different ways and must devise local solutions How dense are our cities compared to Pa...
Infrastructure is usually cited as the key explanation for Amsterdam’s astonishingly high bicycle use. And so it is, but what gets overlooked is topography. Hilly cities can’t be expected to do anywhere near as well Is cycling so successful in Amsterdam because it’s as flat as a pancake?
Another week and another list of “most liveable something or others”. This one is for Sydney suburbs but like all league tables there’re more problems than virtues Where are the most liveable suburbs in Sydney?
A recent court decision highlights the inability of local and state governments to deal effectively with the problems of parking in inner suburban areas where density is increasing Are councils dealing effectively with the problem of inner suburban parking?
Many Australians form their views about how public transport should work from their experiences of cities in other countries. But we can’t expect to replicate something like the Paris Metro Can we build a metro like the one Paris’s ...