Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist last month

Amsterdam

Density by itself does not necessarily create vibrant street life. Late Saturday morning in Borneo, inner city Amsterdam

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

It’s a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there’s little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it’s no longer the case

Managing excessive car use: what’s the low hanging fruit?

A study of urban form in the US concludes that increasing the density of population and employment is a slow way to significantly reduce car use compared to directly pricing driving

Should we be building new rail lines up in the air?

It would be a pity if the “Sky Rail” brouhaha in Melbourne over removal of level crossings were to damage the potential use of elevated rail for totally new rail lines in all Australian cities

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Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist last month

Including infrastructure costs, elevated rail, Calatrava’s NY rail station, fantasy rail, parking, cycling, sports stadia, High Speed Rail, Grand Prix, Fairfax clickbait, empty homes, dwelling diversity, and more

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist last month


What can be done about parents who “rich switch” schools?

Some parents are avoiding “undesirable” local primary schools and sending their children to out-of-zone schools. That has a raft of ill effects but there are no easy solutions

What can be done about parents who “rich switch” schools?


Do dark tinted car windows look cool to cyclists?

The bicycle is already a serious mode of urban travel but riders are vulnerable in traffic – the fashion for very dark tinting of cars windows threatens the potential of cycling

Do dark tinted car windows look cool to cyclists?


Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

The Prime Minister’s vaunted Smart Cities Plan is light on actions but it offers some interesting insights into the Government’s thinking on cities policy

Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?


How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

City managers aren’t doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they’ll be ready to use on public roads very soon – as autonomous buses and trams

How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?


Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

There’s pressure to expand the proposed Melbourne Metro project to incorporate a new station at South Yarra; but the Government insists it can’t be justified

Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

 


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