Driver’s Licence or iPhone

In the 1970s and 80s it was almost a ‘right-of-passage’ to gain you L-Plates and driver’s license as soon as possible, preferably the very day your age qualified you to do so. However, today that’s no longer the case thanks to a combination of factors including ever high numbers of people, young people in particular, living in high-density, mainly inner-city apartments. These are often located near public transport and with improved infrastructure attracting more users on to public transport the urgency to get a driver’s license has faded. With less long drivers from the outer suburbs into city centres plus, while riding on public transport, today’s generation of somewhat reluctant drivers, can access endless communications and deep dive into social media to their heart’s content.

Urban Development Some Big Numbers

The London School of Economics has published some fascinating figures about the world’s big urban centres: 100 cities account for 10% of the world’s total population, these cities account for 30% of the world’s GDP and 76% of property acquisitions. Nearly 90% of future growth will take place in Asia and Africa, an additional 2.5 billion people will be living in cities by 2050 and nearly 80% of urban infrastructure that will exist in India in 2050 has yet to be built. Finally, 4.4 gigatons of cement was used by the USA in the twentieth century and 6.5 gigatons of cement was used in China from just 2011 to 2013!

School Access Drives Demand

It might not come as a surprise to know that Sydney isn’t the easiest place to bring up children. It’s now very common for many families to make personal sacrifices and spend ­lots of money on their children’s schooling, and that’s not just those paying private school fees. It’s a general concern. It sees families increasingly taking advantage of the best areas located with good access to schools. There’s lots of evidence that a big percentage of people with school-aged children, often consider moving so that they can live within their preferred school’s catchment area. The trend is as popular as is access to good public transport.

My Dream Lottery Home

Winning lotto or lottery often leads to the idea or the promise of buying a new home, for yourself or family members. ‘I’ll buy you a house when I when the lottery’ is a common phrase. A popular reality TV show, My Lottery Dream Home, in the fifth season takes this idea as its theme. The real-life buyers featured on My Lottery Dream Home, haven’t got their money by an inheritance or their high salaries. Instead, they’ve won a lottery, or scored a winning scratchcard or a Powerball jackpot. Each of these newly lucky millionaires is shown three houses, and they must make a decision which one to buy at the end of the episode. It a show that regularly attracts more the 15-million viewers in the US.

Denver: Planning that puts pedestrians first

As we’ve seen in Sydney and Melbourne, Denver’s population is currently booming. Also like us, this boom has exposed the gaps in the existing transport infrastructure. What’s impressive about how Denver is going about solving this problem is the focus on walkability. The result is a comprehensive series of plans, which address transportation, land use, parks and trails, to create connected neighbourhoods by the simplest means, walking. So that, 2040, all of the city’s 78 neighbourhoods are planned to have environmentally friendly parks within a 10-minute walk and with 60 of those neighbourhood being within walking distance of transport, jobs and shopping. Denver also has a plan aimed at cutting the share of commuters with single car commutes to 50 % and making sure that 75% of residents live close to public transport.