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Victoria will put taxis and Uber on a common footing with light regulation. It will impose a $2 per trip tax on both modes to fund compensation for taxi license owners Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?...
An independent analysis puts the extra cost of new amenity standards proposed by the Victorian government at $62,500 per apartment Are these standards worth $62,500 per apartment?...
Including trams, election promises, infrastructure costs, High Speed Rail, funding for cycling, city size, airport rail, congestion charging, transport social divide How big is the “transport divide” between inner and outer suburbs?...Show More Summary
The factors leading to living on the streets are different from other forms of homelessness and suggest conventional approaches to housing support might not always work What to do about sleeping rough?...
Of all the many criticisms of high-rise living in Australia’s capitals, the charge that it reduces “chance encounters” and is socially isolating is the weakest Do high-rise apartment towers promote social isolation?...
Is the risk of dying on a motorbike increasing?...
It’s a common charge but Melbourne’s city centre apartment towers aren’t remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future Are city centre apartment towers really slums?...
With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they’re an important and sought-after housing option in the US Should trailer parks be trashed?...
It seems inevitable regional centres will take a much bigger share of metropolitan population growth, but the case hasn’t been made that creating regional dormitories is the best policy Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?
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?