It’s true India has more mobile phones than toilets but the meme demeans the population and contributes little to improving sanitation So what if India has more mobile phones than toilets?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
“There is a straightforward way to achieve gender balance in any parliament: halve the number of electorates and have each elect a man and a woman” Getting gender balance in politics
Bicycle lanes are a necessary evil in Australian cities but they should be regarded as interim. There are much better ways of encouraging greater bicycle use Should bicycle lanes be abolished?
It seems inevitable regional centres will take a much bigger share of metropolitan population growth, but the case hasn’t been made that creating regional dormitories is the best policy Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?
With declining affordability we need to take a flexible approach to alternative housing options. We can learn from trailer parks; they’re an important and sought-after housing option in the US Should trailer parks be trashed?
It’s a common charge but Melbourne’s city centre apartment towers aren’t remotely like real slums and nor are they likely to be in the forseeable future Are city centre apartment towers really slums?
Is the risk of dying on a motorbike increasing?
Of all the many criticisms of high-rise living in Australia’s capitals, the charge that it reduces “chance encounters” and is socially isolating is the weakest Do high-rise apartment towers promote social isolation?
The factors leading to living on the streets are different from other forms of homelessness and suggest conventional approaches to housing support might not always work What to do about sleeping rough?
Including trams, election promises, infrastructure costs, High Speed Rail, funding for cycling, city size, airport rail, congestion charging, transport social divide How big is the “transport divide” between inner and outer suburbs? The “transport divide” between the inner and outer suburbs assumes time spent travelling increases significantly with distance from the city centre.