Melbourne is supposedly about to lose top spot in the world’s most liveable city rankings. So what? It’s a meaningless tick useful only for politicking by all sides Is the EIU’s World’s Most Liveable City gong rubbish?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
The Federal election suggests that if Labor cannot yet be trusted with the economy then the Liberals cannot be trusted with the wider society, says guest writer Garry Glazebrook The end of ice cream economics
“If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?” What’s better: a small apartment or nothing?
Certain countries consistently take the lion’s share of medals at the Olympics but it’s got little to do with national character and a lot to do with national wealth and political commitment Why do some countries win most of the Olympic medals?
Rely on the sensationalising media for news and you might conclude most suburban workers suffer daily “super commutes” of an hour and a half or more. Not so How big a problem are “super commutes”?
Strong population growth in established areas prompts the question of whether or not golf courses are still the best way to use large tracts of urban land Should urban golf courses be used for something else?
The WA Government’s Cycling Network Plan is a valuable and important exercise that governments elsewhere should emulate as soon as possible Shouldn’t all cities have a “cycle superhighway” plan?
Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. It’s great advantage is it doesn’t require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure Is walking to work the way to go?
Tall residential towers are widely seen as inappropriate in the suburbs. But maybe the idea of “the suburbs” is itself no longer appropriate Is “the suburbs” a useful idea anymore?
There’s a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that’s often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved and made more legible Are buses “visible” enough?