How dense are our cities compared to Paris?

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 Paris?


Is cycling so successful in Amsterdam because it’s as flat as a pancake?

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?


Where are the most liveable suburbs in Sydney?

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?


Are councils dealing effectively with the problem of inner suburban parking?

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?


Can we build a metro like the one Paris’s got?

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 got?


Can Australian cities be built with a distinctive look?

Some cities like central Paris developed a characteristic built form; they have a distinctive urban character. Brisbane City Council aims to grow the centre of Brisbane with a distinguishing sub tropical spirit

Can Australian cities be built with a distinctive look?


Is it high time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

64 of the world’s busiest airports are served by heavy or light rail but Melbourne Airport, which ranks 50th, isn’t. Wisely, the Victorian Government has no plans to build one yet; it has higher priorities

Is it high time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?