What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?

Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as “sprawl”

What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”?


Is Federation Square as good as it should get?

Federation Square isn’t the perfect place the critics of Apple’s proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they’d be costly

Is Federation Square as good as it should get?

Good governance must be the top priority

Poor governance of infrastructure projects is costing billions of dollars and delivering questionable benefits to the community, say guest writers Roger Taylor and Ken Coghill

Good governance must be the top priority


Should CBD parking be buried?

Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn’t have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be

Should CBD parking be buried?


The Urbanist Digest, Volume 4, 2017

A digest of all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in the December 2017 quarter, including cars and traffic, public transport, cycling, planning and a helluva lot more

The Urbanist Digest, Volume 4, 2017

What books to read over the holidays?

Like the ABC, The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it’s The Urbanist’s annual list of good books – mostly novels – to read over the holidays

What books to read over the holidays?

Is this underpass plan under-developed?

The promise by the Opposition in Victoria to grade-separate 55 congested intersections is likely to be politically appealing, but the case hasn’t been made it’s a sensible policy

Is this underpass plan under-developed?