A commentary on stories in the news over the last week bearing on urbanism and it’s discontents That was the week that was…
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
A proposed public memorial to those who died from a drug overdose wouldn’t do any harm but smacks of creating an edgy amenity for inner city residents Is a drug death memorial a suspect idea?
The mainstream media likes to frame news to convey a sense of impending disaster – like Melbourne’s running out of water – but in this case it’s out of its depth Will Melbourne run dry in a decade?
No matter what experts think, slowing population growth – and hence immigration – seems to be a very powerful political idea winning support across the demographic board Is popular support for city growth disappearing?
The Sunday Age reckons the Andrews Government has cynically chosen to use an inferior tunnelling method so it can get the Melbourne Metro rail project finished faster Is Melbourne Metro being built too fast?
Infrastructure Australia reckons protecting corridors for East Coast High Speed Rail would save billions, but the case hasn’t been made that the project makes sense Should corridors be protected for HSR?
The media loves to portray fringe growth suburbs as hell on earth and suggest they should be done away with. But they’re neither optional nor dystopian Are outer growth suburbs dystopian?
Melbourne City Council requires the facade of this old pub to be retained when redeveloped even though the building has no demonstrated heritage value Is faux heritage the future?
The Age ran a set of stories on the weekend geared around the idea that immigration-fuelled population growth is seriously damaging Melbourne’s “celebrated liveability” Is immigration ruining our cities?
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