Are electric vehicles a game changer?

The outlook for plug-in electric vehicles powered by clean energy looks promising but they aren’t likely to ameliorate major urban issues like traffic congestion and sprawl

Are electric vehicles a game changer?

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Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?

The 30-minute city is the big urban policy idea both the Government and the Opposition are bringing to the election. But how realistic is it? Can they actually deliver on this one?

Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?


Will a McDonalds store be the end of Glebe?

Some residents of inner city Sydney oppose a new McDonalds store they say will destroy their suburb’s “village feel”. But is it much the same impulse as opposing a mosque?

Will a McDonalds store be the end of Glebe?


Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it’s a whole new world?

First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are the latter is more about politics than real policy

Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it’s a whole new world?


Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?

The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive “quarter acre” lots is common but it’s a myth and was never true in the modern era

Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?


Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Here’s a parallel universe “fantasy” vision of what Melbourne’s tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne


Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?

The City of Sydney reckons the NSW Government wants to redevelop Waterloo at a density “greater than anything in Singapore”. Turns out Council’s fear of density is ill-founded

Is “denser than Singapore” too dense for Sydney?