Ideas for Melbourne
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In 30 years, Melbourne’s CBD will have another 220,000 new residents. A ‘second CBD’ has been proposed for Melbourne’s west, along with a third runway for Tullamarine airport – and more green wedge land for housing.
Can a big Melbourne remain beautiful – let alone liveable or sustainable? Can we have it all, or do tough choices lie ahead?
With Jane Rawson, Alan Davies, David Nichols and Roz Hansen.
Ideas for Melbourne
We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now.
Make your voice heard as we debate Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.
Jane Rawson wrote the novel A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, published by Transit Lounge and shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for science fiction. Ed Wright at the Australian said the book had ‘taken risks with plausibility and triumphed’ while the Adelaide Advertiser’s Patrick Allington said it was ‘one of the stranger debut novels I have read … a wacky mediation on loss and grief, on creativity, on treating the planet badly and making the best of things’.
Alan Davies is the blogger behind The Urbanist, and an urban and regional planner with Pollard Davies Consulting. His academic background is in planning, economics, sociology and architecture.
David Nichols is a writer and cultural commentator who is senior lecturer in urban planning at the University of Melbourne.
We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now. What better way to begin than by engaging with the issues that directly affect us, every day?
We’ve chosen to focus on city planning, racism and homelessness, three topics that loom large in local debates – and will continue to dominate civic conversations in 2013.
Barely a week goes by without a planning incident, public transport screw-up or debate about our city boundaries or skyline. Racism is rarely discussed, but hit headlines in late 2012 when indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was refused a cab ride home from his own concert. And while we’re never short on good initiatives or well-meaning campaigns to tackle homelessness, it remains an ongoing – and complex – problem.
Be part of the conversation about Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.