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Yes, it’s been awhile since the last issue.  But I have a good excuse: three weeks in Australia on a speaking tour, visiting six cities and renewing a host of friendships.  
We begin where change is most dynamic: on the Gold Coast of South East Queensland, where a new regional plan may be providing lessons for places like Greater Vancouver.
I’m not the first to have discovered that.  Michael Geller (past manager of SFU’s UniverCity), currently on a world tour, just reported back on his trip to the Gold Coast in the Vancouver Sun.  You can read about it here.
And while you’re at it, check out the blog City Alliance, devoted to comparisons of Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Vancouver.
This is the second series of Price Tags on Australia.  The first series – Issues 52, 53, 54, 59 and 60 – can be found in the Archives:


  1. I did do some media interviews on the tour. Here’s one from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland:
    Traffic solution flows if you walk
    THE Sunshine Coast’s transport infrastructure will have a major impact on the region’s future – possibly greater than most people would expect.
    That’s the word from international planning expert Gordon Price, who believes smart governments and councils will focus on maximising transport options for people.
    “If you give people more transportation choices then their car dependency will drop and with the right mix of services they will happily substitute walking for driving,” the Canadian expert told a Sunshine Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (SUNROC) forum.
    “There needs to be a mix of uses and people need to be close to those uses for them to work.
    “It’s a subtle concept because you can have all the mixes on paper but if it’s too far for people to walk between them then it won’t work. We need to take into consideration how far away things are from the bus or rail network.
    “We built cities for centuries before the automobile was invented and based them on walking distances.
    “If we build a city intended for driving then that will inevitably create a traffic problem.
    The director of The City Program at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, Mr Price said creating a rail corridor would relieve pressure on road systems but would need to be well-connected across the Coast.
    “You have to have the right kind of rail and it has to be well-connected to the bigger network and have bike paths and roads connecting to it as well as shuttle services to it.
    “You need to look at the land use around the rail network and think about universities, bus routes and places to have coffee and go shopping.”
    Mr Price admitted the cost of transport infrastructure would need to be measured in “half-billion-dollar increments” over a long term.
    “Hundreds of millions of dollars will have to be spent because if we create more of the same – more roads and bypasses – all that will do is create more traffic.
    “You can’t build your way out of a traffic problem by creating more of the same.”
    But he said with valuable greenfield sites for infrastructure development and positive attitudes towards public transport, the ability to create a fluid and connected Sunshine Coast for the future was achievable.

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