Links 7 August 2020

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Leith van Onselen
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    … From The Marron Institute, New York University August 2020 Newsletter ( ) … h/t Wendell Cox …

    THE FUTURE OF CITIES POST COVID … VPELA … VIDEO Structure 2.0.mp4&parent=/personal/grace_vpela_org_au/Documents&originalPath=aHR0cHM6Ly92cGVsYS1teS5zaGFyZXBvaW50LmNvbS86djovZy9wZXJzb25hbC9ncmFjZV92cGVsYV9vcmdfYXUvRWNYZExkUE1aVE5QdG92UUtKVWNVZWtCNkREYzg4T2kyQktILTE1Ql9rRFBEQT9ydGltZT1QZjQ5aFNnNjJFZw

    Alain Bertaud’s Book Continues to
    Make Its Mark on the Urban Planning Profession

    Senior Research Scholar Alain Bertaud participated in a discussion with several Melbourne-based practitioners including Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and Peter Seamer, former chief planner of the Victoria Planning Authority. In the introduction of Bertaud, host and urban designer Mark Sheppard said:

    I’ve been working on the design of cities for about 30 years, and this book completely changed my perspective and that’s quite a remarkable thing. Reading Order Without Design comprehensively undermined my belief in a number of key planning concepts, including urban growth boundaries, urban villages, and this diagram [shown above], which many of you will be familiar with and which has formed the basis of a whole range of ideas around transport planning, and it’s just one of the things that Alain challenges in his book. In fact, Alain challenges the idea that we should be trying to dictate the form of cities at all.

  2. migtronixMEMBER

    I’ve heard a rumor that if the case numbers don’t go down to zero mid next week Andrews is going to institute a lottery and 3 people will be executed per day until victorians start doing the right thing.

  3. I heard otherwise. Dan is planning a decimation whereby every 10th citizen is beaten to death by the others. That way Dan is not responsible for their deaths and it becomes our fault 🙂


    “Destroyer and Teacher”: Managing the Masses During the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic

    Interesting background on how governments and public health authorities tried to manage the masses for H1N1 pandemic.

    “While few of the individual measures deployed during the influenza pandemic were entirely new to public health practice, the scale and scope of their enactment was without precedent. Tactics formerly focused on specific groups, such as children or immigrants, were expanded to cover the entire urban population. Instead of closing schools and banning children from theaters, as had been done in epidemics from the late 1800s through the 1916 polio epidemic, state and local boards of health now enacted bans on public gatherings for all age groups. Cities across the country contemplated sweeping measures. In Seattle, Variety reported, it was the “first time this city has ever been closed tight,” while in Pennsylvania the epidemic prompted “the most drastic health order ever issued in this commonwealth”

    Good read. A reminder that everything old is new again.

    • migtronixMEMBER

      And yet my entire life I’ve heard of how terrible polio is and had never heard of the Spanish flu…

  5. migtronixMEMBER

    Lol can’t make it up…

    “NSW could host Australian Open, Melbourne Cup: Deputy Premier”

  6. Links to Morrison government emerge from quarantine failures in Melbourne. When National Cabinet established the hotel quarantine program, the Victorian State government mobilised security contracts within 24 hours, exempting them from a tender process “due to urgency”. Firms were chose from the list put forward by Morrison.

    • migtronixMEMBER

      That whole ‘national cabinet’ looked like a scam to me. I bet they all agreed to hide their failures.