The Urbanist Digest, vol 2, 2017

A digest of all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in the June quarter 2017, including airports, transport, heritage, cycling, planning, health, infrastructure, housing, regions

The Urbanist Digest, vol 2, 2017

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Has Albo really found a hollow log?

Anthony Albanese gets it wrong on traffic congestion. Australian cities need politicians who’ll tell us what’s really going on and what really needs to be done

Has Albo really found a hollow log?


Can security bollards be done better?

It’s regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces

Can security bollards be done better?


Could the average trip to work nearly double by 2030? Really?

The average Melbourne one-way commute could increase by 28 minutes by 2030 according to this newspaper report. Sounds horrendous but it’s scary tabloid journalism

Could the average trip to work nearly double by 2030? Really?


Are towers inherently wrong for public housing?

St Louis’ famously demolished Pruitt-Igoe public housing project has a lesson for the debate over high-rise stemming from the Grenfell Tower fire; it’s not really about the architecture

Are towers inherently wrong for public housing?


What are the prospects for dockless bike share in Australian cities?

Dockless bike share faces a much bigger challenge in Australia than in countries like China, especially given new entrant oBike has to make it work commercially

What are the prospects for dockless bike share in Australian cities?


Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?

The Grenfell Tower fire was the result of flawed policy on public housing, not some inherent flaw in the high-rise residential building type

Does the Grenfell Tower fire mean we should stop building residential towers?