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How coronavirus could forever change the look and feel of Australia’s cities and suburbs
How the pandemic might affect the way we make decisions on workplace location, transport modes, and shopping. 0 Comments
Why live in the suburbs? (from 1954)
An enjoyable read from way back in 1954 when the suburban growth boom was well and truly underway. But even back then, people were being criticised for loving suburbia. This Canadian article could have applied almost as equally to Australia. Read the full story here 0 Comments
The coming age of dispersion
“I don’t see the point of driving an hour to go from one computer screen to another.” That’s how one millenial views commuting life. In this fascinating new article author Joel Kotkin argues that the Coronavirus and work from home responses are only accelerating a trend already evident: the exodus 0 Comments
Ballarat and Bendigo are two of Australia’s most liveable regional cities
Thought about moving further out of Melbourne? Here’s another reason: Ballarat, in the Central Highlands of Victoria, has been named Australia’s most liveable regional city. It was closely followed by other Victorian regional cities with Bendigo and Geelong making up the top three ranking in the new RMIT Centre for Urban Reseach’s 0 Comments
1 million rides and counting: on-demand services bring public transport to the suburbs
The technology-driven revolution in urban transport is largely centred on the inner city. It has completely missed the suburbs, which lack the public transport services and shared micromobility devices, such as e-scooters, that inner-city residents enjoy. But new technologies, skilled operators and willing governments may have produced a solution for 0 Comments
What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities
“… though widely celebrated for her insights and unabashed embrace of dense urbanism, Jacobs may ultimately prove more influential than relevant. Her writing was often incisive and inspiring, particularly when she opposed planning and overdevelopment and embraced the role of middle-class families in cities. But the urban revival that has 0 Comments
Studying the wrong cities will mean repeating their mistakes
Cities selected as exemplars for Australian planners and urban developers often have little in common with Australian cities, or more often than not have some glaring social issue – like homelessness or unaffordable housing – entirely glossed over. So why do we keep going to the same places for ideas? 0 Comments
The Luxury City Is Going Bust
“Even the world’s arguably most influential urbanist, scholar Richard Florida, agrees that the great urban revival is “over.” Since 2010, urban inner rings, including central business districts, accounted for barely 10 percent of population growth in the nation’s 53 largest metropolitan areas. More revealing still, the country’s three largest metropolitan areas — New 0 Comments
Did President Obama declare war on the suburbs? And will Trump be any different?
The Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule was arguably its most radical attempt to “fundamentally transform” the United States. As I wrote at the time, Obama’s AFFH gives the federal government “a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, 0 Comments
The Persistent Economic Advantage of America’s Suburbs
Richard Florida, CityLab The rise of the city and the decline of the suburbs has emerged as a common meme in recent years. The young, the educated, and the affluent have come streaming back to the urban core, driving up rents, driving out the poor, and giving rise to patterns 0 Comments