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?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?