CBC report: Do our cities still work?

Thanks to social media and maintaining an healthy interest in what's happening up in the Great White North, the following youtube video has been flashing across my twitter feeds and facebook timelines a lot.

It's a 20 minute segment titled "Do our cities still work?" and produced by the ABC-equivalent in Canada - the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) - for their nightly news & current affairs programme The National - a hybrid 7:30 and 4 Corners of sorts.

Refreshingly, the report is not one about housing affordability, it's not about one type of density, it's not about the individual problems, issues and potential solutions which might make cities better. It looks at fundamentals: how Canada, like Australia, have designed cities for the past 50-60 years entirely around the automobile and the need for societal change to put physical activity back in to city design.

I can only hope the ABC or another commercial broadcaster takes up the challenge in Australia - this is the conversation we need to have, and it's a conversation that policy-makers from all political perspectives need to be a part of so we can avoid rubbish projects like the East-West Link in future.

Youtube link.

Lead image credit: Twitter/CBC.

Development & Planning

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 00:00
City of Port Phillip will this week indicate that it has sufficient reason to object to two pending projects in Port Melbourne. 17 Rocklea Drive and 365-391 Plummer Street are both within the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend, and both projects are under the authority of the Minister for Planning.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.


Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
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