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Respect for planners is crucial for liveable cities

A few weeks ago, The Fifth Estate covered the burgeoning demand for planners in Australia. As our cities and their populations grow at a rapid pace, it follows that more…

Density in Sydney: Do as I do not as I say

The Sydney Morning Herald’s article on Sydneysiders “in revolt” over development is interesting, but the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.

Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Why growing the regions makes sense – for the big capitals

There has been a lot of recent focus on the role of the regions in alleviating the pressure of congestion on cities, seen on roads, public transport and arguably the housing market with skyrocketing prices in the big cities.

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Why metros are game-changers for Australian cities

By 2053, about 89 per cent of all Australians are expected to live in capital cities. As more and more people enter these cities, residents are becoming increasingly concerned with impacts on liveability.

Cities take centre stage at COP23

Optimism and energy abound at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, as leaders from cities around the world make pledges to help meet the Paris Agreement’s goals.

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Our cities need a governance revolution

Our capital cities are not just badly governed. They are not governed. We need a governance revolution, argues Tim Williams.

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Finger pointed at migration as cities struggle to cope 

Population growth restriction – in the form of cutting migration – has made its way from the fringes to the centre of political debate, on Monday night becoming the focus of both 4 Corners and Q&A.