October 13, 2014

Outdoor dining has become an institution in cities that pride themselves on food. Paris, Barcelona and Singapore are synonymous with people enjoying culinary delights whilst people watching and taking in stunning city views. Even Londoners and New Yo...

October 13, 2014

By 5.30pm most people leave work, head to their bus or car, and make their way home in a frustrating rush hour. By 6.30 on a week night many town centers are relatively empty. It’s a wasted opportunity to showcase lifestyle features of the local comm...

October 13, 2014

A column Stephen wrote whilst Lord Mayor…

It is easy to stereotype local government as “rates, roads and rubbish”, but in the 21st Century nothing could be further from the truth, especially when it’s a capital city in what is the century of cities. T...

October 10, 2014

Asia is booming. Its economy has proven resilient during economic downturn and it is overwhelming to contemplate cities bigger than Australia’s population. Tokyo and Seoul are greater than 20 million and a further 10 Asian cities have populations ove...

October 4, 2014

Stephen was recognised as one of Australia’s leading social media Mayors – he wrote this column about the topic…

Social media certainly isn’t for everyone, however it has pervaded the community beyond the under thirties digital natives who spend too m...

October 2, 2014

Pondering how digital technologies will change how we as citizens live, work and play is both overwhelming and exciting. There are now a billion transistors for every human on the planet and, as these sensors become embedded in everything from sprink...

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