Bright lights, big city

The enduring symbols of Australia point to times past, when the country was borne on the sheep’s back and rural living was just life.

In 2015 Australia has become one of the world’s most urbanised countries, with three-quarters of us calling cities with populations greater than 100,000 people home. But while urban living has brought many benefits, the problems it entails are steadily worsening as housing unaffordability deepens and our commutes to work grow ever longer.

The first book by the Grattan Institute charts these issues and their impact on our lives, and suggests ways that we can address them. To discuss these, I caught up with Paul Donegan, co-author of City Limits: Why our cities are broken and how we can fix them.

Listen now:

City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them is written by Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan and published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 28 March 2015.

City Limits

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