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
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
A private proposal to build and operate a Bus Rapid Transit system in Doncaster looks promising but taxpayers will ultimately pay for it; so it’s vital to make sure it’s a high priority Should Doncaster Bus Rapid Transit be a priority?
Here’s master mapmaker Adam Mattinson’s vision of what a high quality cycling network could look like in an Australian city. At present, unfortunately, it’s sheer fantasy A fantasy cycling map for inner Melbourne
A fantastical vision from mapmaker Adam Mattinson of what a subway underneath Melbourne’s inner suburbs could look like if it were as connected as Tokyo’s famous system The Melbourne Subway Map (a rail fantasy)