December 7, 2013, 5am PST
After three years of operation, Melbourne's publicly subsidized bike share system is for sale. Though ridership has increased each year since opening, private investment is seen as crucial for expansion.
September 18, 2011, 1pm PDT
Elizabeth Farrelly poses that as we get more connected via the internet and social networking, the female traits of connectivity and relationship-building are ascendant and may mean a new feminine paradigm for city-building.
November 22, 2009, 1pm PST
Landscape architecture is in the spotlight, as planners and officials place increasing amounts of energy and emphasis on the creation of shared public spaces.
March 8, 2009, 9am PDT
Veteran Australian architect Philip Cox says Melbourne is long overdue for a makeover, and a move towards people-centric city development.
May 15, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>If jobs and services are reoriented and public transport rethought, sprawling cities like Melbourne can mitigate the consequences of dwindling energy supplies, argues a recent column.</p>
May 12, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Melbourne, Australia, has its own brand of suburban sprawl: suburbia without the space. A new comprehensive plan aims to address the woes of suburban Melbourne, but some say it doesn't go far enough.</p>
May 6, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Officials in Melbourne, Australia, are so frustrated with the city's lackluster planning process that they are pushing for the creation of a new planning authority -- one they hope will look at the "big picture".</p>
March 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Urban projects have resulted in the paving over of significant chunks of parkland in Melbourne, Australia -- land set aside more than 150 years ago to act as the city's lungs.</p>
March 8, 2008, 9am PST
<p>With government plans to increase the amount of land used for affordable housing in Melbourne, Australia, some say it's time for a regional planning entity.</p>
March 7, 2008, 5am PST
<p>The city of Melbourne, Australia, is on track to surpass Sydney as the country's most populated. But the expected population growth may push the city into a sprawling and unsustainable future.</p>
February 25, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>An Australian planner has confessed to having a series of affairs with prominent developers and subsequently approving their plans for major developments.</p>
November 29, 2007, 7am PST
<p>Officials hope the new trial program will help increase the number of residents who join car sharing schemes.</p>
August 21, 2007, 2pm PDT
<p>Plans to extend Melbourne, Australia's already-extensive freeway system are short-sighted and illustrate the lack of true planning vision in the city, according to this column from <em>The Age</em>.</p>
January 23, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Planning and land use regulations are being blamed for Australia's high home prices, and also for the fact that four of its major cities are in a list of the 25 most unaffordable cities. Some feel planners are not planning with the people in mind.</p>
December 26, 2006, 2pm PST
<p>As the population of western industrialized nations stabilizes, the world's largest and fastest growing cities will increasingly be located in poor, developing countries.</p>
November 22, 2006, 12pm PST
<p>As a record-breaking drought leaves Melbourne dry, the government is considering imposing broad restrictions on water use. Water storage levels are now less than 43% and are expected to drop below 30% by March.</p>
September 27, 2006, 11am PDT
An editorial from a building industry leader criticizes the Australian government's simplistic thinking on increasing the production of affordable housing.
September 7, 2006, 9am PDT
Artists in Melbourne, Australia, have been evicted as the city seeks to turn their studios into condos. The city likes the artist culture, but the artists cannot provide the higher rents the gentrifying city requires.
July 11, 2006, 12pm PDT
Architects, artists, urban planners, developers, designers and historians comment on the world's formerly most livable city, why it's lost the title and how to can reclaim it.
February 2, 2006, 6am PST
Elements of a new city council plan include an overall reduction in speed limit, a more streamlined tram system, and general opposition to increased road access for cars in the central business district.