Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist last monthPosted: December 22, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 1 Comment
Decentralisation, high-rise in the inner city, sprawl and farming, Federation Square, suburban McMansions, ABC-TV’s Streets of your Town, cycling safety, heritage, and more
Is The Age’s reporting of the Corkman Pub fiasco prize-worthy?
The Age has done an outstanding job of reporting on the demolition of the Corkman Irish Pub. Excellence in day-to-day reporting warrants greater industry recognition
Why do more cyclists on the road mean fewer riders die?
More cyclists on the roads is associated with fewer fatal crashes. The safety in numbers effect might be part of the explanation but there are others that are arguably more important
Is better health a key rationale for urban policy?
A significantly more compact urban form in a city like Melbourne would improve public health, but it doesn’t seem a very compelling justification for strategic land use policy
Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?
Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development
Does ABC-TV’s Streets of Your Town get it wrong?
Part one of ABC-TV’s Streets of Your Town is an enjoyable look at 60s and 70s modernist domestic architecture but it’s not as relevant to today as it claims
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
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; there are more exciting ways to enhance Fed Square
Are we really 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
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 such a big deal
Is 16-storeys OK in the inner city?
More people want to live close to the cosmopolitan city centre but this conflict over a development in Fitzroy North shows existing residents zealously protect what they’ve got
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
Should this movie set get heritage protection?Posted: December 21, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
It sounds preposterous and more than a little like fiction, but there’s a push in Melbourne to give heritage protection to the house used as a set in the film The Castle
Should this movie set get heritage protection?
Does its impact on train patronage kill the case for this road?Posted: December 20, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
It’s estimated Melbourne’s proposed North East Link will reduce public transport use by 25,000 trips per day – sounds awful, but as usual there’s more to it
Does its impact on train patronage kill the case for this road?
What books to read over the holiday season?Posted: December 19, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Here’s my annual list of good books – mostly novels – to read over the holidays. A lot are quite recent and some of them are even quite fashionable
What books to read over the holiday season?
Heritage falls victim to planning tribunal rulesPosted: December 16, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Guest writer Damien Bonnice argues the planning tribunal and developer of this inner city Melbourne project rode roughshod over heritage values and good design principles
Planning falls victim to planning tribunal rules
Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?Posted: December 14, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
The Victorian governments proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature – but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads
Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?
Do motorways help make cycling safer?Posted: December 13, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 1 Comment
Segregating bicycles from vehicles is universally recognised as a key safety practice; one way it’s achieved in the Netherlands is by pushing through traffic on to motorways
Do motorways help make cycling safer?
Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?Posted: December 12, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 2 Comments
The argument that Australian cities can significantly increase inner city density by replicating European housing forms is an argument for keeping newcomers out
Is Paris the right housing model for Australian cities?
Should Melbourne Airport rail be put on the front-burner?Posted: December 7, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Melbourne Airport is “begging” for a rail line to the airport asap; Infrastructure Victoria says not just yet. More effort needs to be put into being ready to go when necessary
Should Melbourne Airport rail be put on the front-burner?
What about RBT for pedestrians?Posted: December 6, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Researchers suggest pedestrians should be subject to a mandatory BAC limit and be breath tested at random. There’s a problem, but it’s not pedestrians
What about RBT for pedestrians?
Can this pub be protected from apartments?Posted: December 5, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
The planning and heritage systems can’t do much about another inner suburban Melbourne pub – this time in St Kilda – being replaced by apartments and shops
Can this pub be protected from apartments?
Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?Posted: December 1, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 2 Comments
Some progressives are reluctant to support congestion charging because of concerns about its equity effects. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system
Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?