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Wiki: buses

For large swathes of outer-suburban Melbourne, buses are the only form of public transport available, and even in the middle suburbs (like where I live) buses are necessary to “plug the gaps” between railway lines, which fan out radially from the city and never intersect. So it’s unfortunate, then, that our bus network is so crappy.

Most Melburnians seem to see buses as a mode of …

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Link: “The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969”

Original post found at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuyahoga-river-caught-fire-least-dozen-times-no-one-cared-until-1969-180972444/

Maybe due to my age, I hadn’t heard of this incident until recently. People complain about the Yarra being polluted (which it is) but maybe it’s a sign of how expectations have changed over time that I take it for granted that rivers don’t catch fire.

Melbourne's Property Development Crisis

Like many people, I think, I have an instinctive contempt for property developers.

It’s not that I object to new apartment buildings, per se. There do seem to be a lot of people in Melbourne who think that three million was the perfect population size for our city, and since as far as they’re concerned we were “full” at that point, we should continue to have a housing …

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Link: “Basics: Access, or the Wall Around Your Life” by Jarrett Walker

Original post found at: https://humantransit.org/2021/03/basics-access-or-the-wall-around-your-life.html

Here’s a good article about evaluating public transport through the prism of “access”, or how much of the city you can reach within a reasonable amount of time for the given purpose. Certainly in Melbourne this is very unequal across the city; the further away you get from the inner suburbs, the more large “gaps” you get between railway lines with very poor access to the wider urban area.

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