Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?

Politicians like the idea of moving government functions to regional centres in the name of decentralisation; but the wider net social benefits are mostly political

Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?


Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?

More people want to live closer to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they’ve got

Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?


Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

We’re often told suburban sprawl replaces agricultural land and is a serious threat to future food security, but the evidence suggests it’s not a such a big deal

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?


Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in October

The Urbanist discusses Infrastructure costs, terrace houses in the ‘burbs, demolition of the Corkman Pub, cyclists and pedestrians, airport rail, cycling and helmets, infrastructure planning, and more

Is this “secret” report on airport rail newsworthy?

Another Sunday, another manufactured controversy by Fairfax, this time around a “secret” report on Melbourne airport rail from “a high-powered group of advisers”

Is the bicycle helmet law such a big deal?

The mandatory helmet law isn’t a first-order issue for cycling; the evidence that repeal would boost cycling significantly isn’t convincing. The main game is infrastructure

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

It’s only been a week, but The Sunday Age was back again yesterday with another fabulously titillating invention about a rail line to Melbourne Airport

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Instead of cyclists and walkers sharing paths, Infrastructure Victoria reckons they should be separated. That’d be money well spent to avoid making enemies cycling doesn’t need

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

The answer is no one really knows, but policies with huge implications for the way cities work continue to be advanced on the assumption that costs are a lot higher on the fringe

Can the spirit of this lost pub be recaptured?

Melburnians lost more than bricks and mortar on the weekend when the Corkman hotel was demolished without a permit; they also lost yet another pub

Where to next with the Corkman hotel?

It’s now time for a sensible discussion of what might be done with the Corkman hotel. Let the law deal with the culprit and focus on the best use of the site for the city

Could terrace houses make Cherrybrook like Surry Hills?

Recreating the character and community of the inner city in the middle and outer suburbs would require much more than building a similar physical environment

Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?

Politicians are prone to understating the cost of transport projects resulting in too many poor projects getting up ahead of what should be higher priorities


Are we a rural country like Senator Abetz says?

Senator Abetz claim on Q&A that Australia is a “rural/regional country” isn’t true. But we need more sophisticated measures to describe what’s regional vs urban

Are we a rural country like Senator Abetz says?


Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?

Apple reportedly wants to establish an Apple store with a signature glass cube in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Boring, but it highlights there are more exciting ways to enhance Fed Square

Should Apple get a bite of Federation Square?


Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?

It’s a commonplace observation that new detached houses in Australia’s outer suburbs are much bigger than in the past. The interesting question is why

Why are new suburban houses so bloody big?