Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?

More diversity seems to be a “no-brainer” to most urban policy-makers and it’s mostly a very good thing, but insisting on it at every scale misunderstands what cities are about

Does diversity mean everywhere has to be the same?


Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments in this new development diverse enough?

Requiring new developments to have more 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in order to attract families with children is questionable – it’s likely to impact affordability; it’s unnecessary; and it probably won’t work anyway

Is 20% two and three bedroom apartments in this new development diverse enough?


Are Sydney’s “empty homes” the result of perverse tax incentives?

It’s not certain Sydney even has a serious “empty homes” problem much less one driven by perverse tax incentives. There are simpler and more plausible explanations for the great bulk of unoccupied dwellings

Are Sydney’s “empty homes” the result of perverse tax incentives?


Easter reading – all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

Including doing something about cars, safety and cycling, Skyrail, dogbox apartments, improving the media, Minister for Cities, value capture, National Infrastructure Plan, value of open space, RMIT’s Design Hub

Easter reading – all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month


How much time do we really spend getting to work?

The duration of the average work-related trip in Melbourne is consistent with other large world cities in developed countries but the average doesn’t show there’s considerable variation by mode

How much time do we really spend getting to work?


Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?

The idea of Sydney and Melbourne doubling in population to eight million by the 2050s conjures images of total traffic gridlock and super long commutes. Fortunately, it’s not likely

Will Sydney and Melbourne implode as they get bigger and bigger?


Who’s had enough of Fairfax clickbait?

Fairfax readers don’t like clickbait and some are cancelling their digital subscriptions. Their choice but I’m keeping mine because digital media like The Age and SMH still provide a valuable service

Who’s had enough of Fairfax clickbait?