News & Views

01
Jul
Which regional cities are outpertforming the major capitals, and why?
While it is Australia’s capital cities that are usually the focus of discussions, it is Australia’s other major cities that are demonstrating the strongest relative economic and inclusive growth. This comprehensive report ranks Australian Cities and Towns in order of economic performance and on a range of inclusiveness measures – 0 Comments
30
Jun
Lights Out for Gentrification?
Looting and violence in the US means a lack of safety: something Jane Jacobs said was “the bedrock attribute of a successful city.” Is this sending more people away from cities, faster? Kay S. Hymowitz discusses life in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, social network theory, the future of cities and gentrification, and 0 Comments
29
Jun
COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Toowoomba could reap the rewards
Traditionally, office-based firms have clustered in the CBDs of our big cities with armies of workers trooping in from the suburbs every day. Then COVID-19 hit and turned that norm upside down. The pandemic has pitched us headfirst into the world of tech-enabled remote working and changed our perceptions forever. 0 Comments
29
Jun
‘I’ve not been to the city centre for months’: UK suburbs thrive as office staff stay home
Local shops are busy, and new ways of working could have huge long-term effects on the future of major British cities – report from The Guardian. Full story here. 0 Comments
17
Jun
Cities Are Not as Big a Deal as You Think
LAST MONTH, THE journal Science published a special issue examining the challenges and opportunities of an urbanizing world. Titled “Urban Planet” and featuring an image of clouds wafting across skyscrapers in Dubai, the issue opened with an eye-catching statistic: “More than half of the world’s people now live in cities.” Of course, 0 Comments
10
Jun
The pandemic is making people reconsider city living, trading traffic for chickens
From The Washington Post. Freed from — or pushed out of — cities, people are making big moves to less-populated areas. After months of forced stillness, unable to make many major decisions or follow through on some already planned, people are jumping into one of the biggest life changes there is 0 Comments
10
Jun
Restoring public transit amid COVID-19: What European cities can learn from one another
From McKinsey & Co. The past several weeks have seen European cities such as London, Munich, and Paris relax lockdown measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. With those adjustments has come a challenge: enabling people to get around. For many who live, work, and attend school in cities, 0 Comments
08
Jun
Empty CBDs, suburban renaissance? Post-COVID property predictions: QUT
With entire workforces working from home and zooming in and out for meetings with ease many organisations are questioning the need to rent expensive metres of commercial space, says property economist Dr Andrea Blake. Backyards rediscovered as lockdown havens will change housing choices Commercial space demands likely to diminish significantly 0 Comments
08
Jun
Escape to the country: buyers drop apartments in search of space
From Lisa Allen, writing in The Australian. The thought of sharing a lift, a foyer, or a communal staircase with other residents is driving inner-city apartment dwellers out to the suburbs and beyond in search of a detached house with multiple living spaces and preferably a backyard. Knight Frank Prestige 0 Comments
26
May
Offices, housing, shops – and 6,000 jobs – for suburban Box Hill
Vicinity Centres (Vicinity) has unveiled proposed plans to revitalise the heart of Box Hill’s CBD, to create a bustling new town square and mixed-use precinct with new residential, commercial and retail developments, representing a very significant private investment into Box Hill. One of Victoria’s largest private urban regeneration projects, the 0 Comments