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Federal governments have traditionally struggled to develop a coherent view for our cities. AAP Image/NewZulu/Thinking Media

Urban policy: could the federal government finally ‘get’ cities?

For the first time, both major parties have a cities portfolio in their front bench team. With a few more changes, the government could create a structure that will really get to grips with urban issues.
In Australia, public transport has to play catch-up constrained by an urban form designed by and for the car. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Public transport is always greener on the other side

There are a number of reasons why Australia’s public transport systems seem shoddy compared to other countries. But these reasons bring into question the validity of such comparisons.
Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings. Sookie/flickr

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.
Nigeria’s plans for a new modern city need to be boosted so that they deliver a metropolis like the Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. Shutterstock

Why Nigeria’s plans for a dream Eldorado city are not radical enough

Rather than just becoming a financial venture, the Eko Atlantic experiment can be carried further at no extra cost to become the hub to transform good governance in Nigeria and West Africa.

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