What’s the population of a city?

Definitions can be important when looking at things such as statistics. A simple comparison of city populations can result in quite different figures. For example, what is the population of Seattle? The Wikipedia article opens: Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 713,700 residents as of 2017, Seattl


What makes cities work: The restaurant tram

I was thinking about what makes good cities work effectively, and it occurred to me that a prime example is the Restaurant Tram. That day we took the Restaurant Tram, we made our way from the train at Southern Cross Station to the pick-up point next to Clarendon Street. The convention centre (Jeff's Shed) was busy with some expo or other. Throngs were heading in and out of the Casino. We rolle

Melbourne, transport

How much ground level parking is there in Melbourne’s CBD?

What's the ultimate waste of space in a city centre? Ground level, single level parking. Along with the access space required to get cars in and out, it's wasted space because apart from perhaps $20-30 per day in revenue, it isn't used for anything. This post from Gordon Price compares a few cities -- the contrast between Houston and Toronto is particularly stark. (There are more in this dis


Phoenix changing

When I visited Phoenix, Arizona in 1996, it appeared to be the archetypal car-dominated city. I was told pretty much the only PT was buses once an hour. The freeways were packed at rush hour. Nobody walked anywhere. The downtown area was (especially on weekends) so deserted that they had to have signs saying "Welcome to downtown Phoenix" so that you knew you were downtown. While the people w