Increased connection via walking and cycling paths sounds great but it can erode social connection, argues guest writer Dr Brenda Mackie; it’s not a guarantee of ‘liveability’ Connectivity isn’t the same as social connection
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
It’s time to facilitate $200 billion investment in key infrastructure projects like inland freight rail and a national electricity grid, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund
There’s a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn’t been made that capital cities are “too big” or that it’s the best strategy Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?
Existing residents oppose major developments because they feel they’ll be worse off. The benefits to them are vague while the costs are clear and painful Why do inner suburban residents oppose development?
It didn’t take long for the blame game to emerge following yesterday’s tragedy at Essendon, but it’s better to find out what really happened and why before making policy What’s the future for Essendon Airport?
It won’t be easy politically, but living with cars in Australia’s cities means “taming” them, starting with setting a default 40 kmh speed limit Is it time for a 40 kmh speed limit in urban areas?
A look at what successive government’s have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne What’s been done to make public transport better?
There are calls to bring management of Melbourne’s train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let’s see the evidence Should Daniel Andrews return public transport to the people?
Preserving the built fabric of old buildings conveys little about their social and cultural history; it should be mandatory that protection comes with interpretation Does this building tell us much about social history?
With 90% of motorised travel in capital cities currently undertaken by private transport it’s time for a grown-up assessement of where to go with urban transport policy Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?