News & Views

23
Dec
Brisbane Inner City still the biggest beneficiary of Qld Gov’t CAPEX
by economist Gene Tunny Following last year’s state budget, I posted on how Brisbane’s inner city was the big winner regarding state government capital spending. That continues in 2020-21 with the continuation of the huge Cross River Rail project (see chart below). Out of budgeted state government capital purchases of $12.6 0 Comments
15
Dec
THE NEW NEW NORMAL: MOBILITY AND ACTIVITY IN THE `AFTER TIMES’
We may be nearing “peak city”. This shift undermines all of the place-based strategies that economic development organisations have been promoting for decades. It’s a topic David Levinson will be addressing at the Festival of Urbanism 13-26 November. Story here 0 Comments
15
Dec
Oracle joins HQ movers to Texas from Valley, expands work-from-home options for workers
Tech giant Oracle Corp. will move its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas, and let many employees choose their office locations and decide whether to work from home. “Depending on their role, this means that many of our employees can choose their office location as well as continue to 0 Comments
14
Dec
World-class new university campus at Parramatta/Westmead
A world-class multi-disciplinary university campus will be able to be delivered within the Westmead Health and Innovation District with the signing of a framework agreement between the NSW Government and the University of Sydney. The new University campus will build on the District’s role as one of the largest health, 0 Comments
10
Dec
The suburbs are the future of post-Covid retail
The Covid-19 pandemic delivered a body blow to CBD retailers, but it’s just the latest of their challenges in recent years. They were already under pressure from cautious consumer spending, intense competition from online retailing and the growth of suburban “mega-centres”. Now, declining commuter foot traffic and an increase in people working from home present new 0 Comments
02
Dec
Like It or Not, the Suburbs Are Changing
Leaving the city for the suburbs is on the minds of many New Yorkers this year, as remote work has made it possible for some to live just about anywhere. But the bidding wars and spiking home prices that have resulted from the migration aren’t the only ways the suburbs are changing. 0 Comments
02
Dec
Suburban Futures – interview with ULI’s Ed McMahon
What are the keys to successful urban renewal? This interview by Ross Elliott (right) with the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Fellow – Ed McMahon (Washington DC, left) – reveals some of the ingredients and strategies that can be deployed. The interview is supported with a powerpoint which has some strong 0 Comments
02
Dec
People Fleeing Big Cities Risk Overwhelming Small Towns
From rum factory towns to historic gold rush centers, formerly quiet backwaters are reeling as the work-from-home trend gathers momentum. The property market is running red hot in small-town Australia. Buyers are snapping up houses — sometimes sight unseen — as city folk bet the era of working in an office fulltime 0 Comments
24
Nov
Regional Australia’s time has come – planning for growth is now vital
Australian governments have always wanted thriving regional cities, but policy innovations with this goal in mind have a bad history. Planned well, regional cities have huge potential to generate national economic growth while improving livability and sustainable development. Governments want strong economies, diverse job opportunities and growing populations in regional cities. The Commonwealth’s City Deals and Smart 0 Comments
Steve De Nys
24
Nov
The distributed workplace: what’s driving demand for suburban workplaces?
The Suburban Alliance commissioned research in late 2020 to understand what was driving companies to explore potential suburban locations, and what their list of requirements was like. This ABC Radio by Rebecca Levingstone with Suburban Alliance director Steve de Nys explores the subject. Link to listen here. Interview starts at 0 Comments