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Share-bikes can litter our cities and be found in rivers, up trees, in gutters, and strewn around public places. Obikes in unusual places/Facebook

Three reasons why share-bikes don’t fit Australian culture

There are three key cultural reasons why a share-bike business model that could be successful in Singapore is much less likely to be so in Australia.
The White Night festival is an example of Melbourne’s efforts to promote itself as a convivial city. John Gollings/AAP supplied

The quest for the convivial city: how do ours fare?

Australian cities generally minimise negative attributes such as crime, segregation and violence, but developing positive attributes such as inclusivity appears more challenging.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance and the Coalition government are under pressure to fix long-standing problems with Sydney’s train system which have now come to a head. Daniel Munoz/AAP

This is how Sydney’s transport system has gone off the rails

The real challenge is finding appropriate ways to invest in public transport that will not only take pressure off the system but also support improved travel on all modes, including cars.
In Nagoro, in Tokushima Prefecture, one resident has made around 300 dolls to replace villagers who are no longer around. Roberto Maxwell/flickr

When a country’s towns and villages face extinction

Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
In a move that suggests physical retail stores aren’t dead, Amazon has opened three bookstores and over 60 pop-up stores in the US, and has plans for up to 2,000 grocery stores. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

Urban retail space is being transformed yet again. Predictions of the demise of physical retailing in the face of online competition overlook its resilience over two centuries of disruptive innovations.
Sydney’s west is growing at a staggering pace. Reuters

The future of Sydney: a tale of three cities?

The future of Sydney is under constant scrutiny. But before we consider creating a 'third city' in Sydney's west, we should ensure we get the current infrastructure up to international standards.
Thousands of co-housing projects in cities around the world have shown how people can get together to create diverse homes that suit them and their community – this one is in Portland, Oregon. Kevin Turner/flickr

Supersized cities: residents band together to push back against speculative development pressures

City residents all around the world are getting together to create housing tailored to their needs and budgets, instead of being developed for maximum profit.
A vehicle, understood to be a white Suzuki SUV, ploughed into pedestrians in central Melbourne. AAP/Joe Castro

How urban design can help protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks in the city

The Flinders Street incident, in which a car was driven into pedestrians on a busy Melbourne street, underscores the need for new ways to design cities to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks.
After nearly a decade of operation, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme still needs to be subsidised. Ash Kyd/flickr

Here’s what bike-sharing programs need to succeed

Many short-term bike-hiring programs have been launched amid much fanfare, only for their popularity to decline soon after. Several key factors need to be in place for a program to work.

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