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our cities need more trees, but some commonly planted ones won’t survive climate change

Our cities need more trees, but some commonly planted ones won’t survive climate change

Australian cities could lose some of their most common trees to climate change. Jamen Percy/Shutterstock We need trees in our lives. This past summer, Adelaide experienced the hottest temperature ever recorded in an Australian...

Melbourne’s Blues music community “Playin’ For A Cause”

"There's no problems, only Solutions"   John Lennon "Watching The Wheels Go Round" On Saturday 3rd August, several blues bands have donated their time and will be "Playin' For A Cause" at Newport Bowling Club from 3pm....

For green cities to become mainstream, we need to learn from local success stories...

Melbourne has a rich legacy of urban parks thanks to planning decisions made when the city was first established. Shutterstock Greening our cities has become one of the great global imperatives of the 21st century including to...

We subscribe to movies and music, why not transport?

It won’t be long before many cities find life without a car even easier, and possibly even cheaper. Shutterstock Many mainstays in our lives – phones, personal music libraries and movies – began as pay-as-you-go...

Youth in, families out: 6 charts on the inner cities of Brisbane, Sydney and...

From 2006 to 2016, the population of Melbourne’s inner city grew by 78%. Shutterstock In just ten years, the inner city populations of Australia’s biggest state capitals have boomed. We examined Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census...

Demolish your front fence. It would be an act of radical kindness

In 1924, Canberra’s civic planners placed a ban on front fences to stop people forming ghettos. Randy Fath/Unsplash A few years ago, I reflected on years of doctoral field-notes documenting the homes of tinkerers —...

Need to find a good restaurant? Economics serves up some golden rules

Stay away from the tourists traps, economics tells us. Your best bet are those cozy places away from the bustle. www.shutterstock.com Where to eat? It’s a question you’ve probably pondered when visiting somewhere unfamiliar....

‘I didn’t want to be homeless with a baby’: young women share their stories...

People between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest group of woman who find themselves homeless. Oleg Golovnev/Shutterstock Increasing numbers of women lack a safe and secure place to call home. But most...

‘I really have thought this can’t go on’: loneliness looms for rising numbers of...

People living in private rental housing were much more likely than social housing residents to say they felt lonely. Dundanim/Shutterstock Loneliness is increasingly recognised worldwide as a critical social issue and one of the major...

Look beyond crisis accommodation so people like Courtney Herron aren’t homeless in the first...

The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government. Daniel Pockett/AAP When the battered body...