October 10

Negative-Gearing Changes Bring Life Back To Eerily Quiet

Negative-Gearing Changes Bring Life Back To Eerily Quiet

While there is much debate about who will win and who will lose life with major changes to negative gearing and who should be the winner, attention must also be paid to which Australian suburbs are most at risk.

Australian Financial Review recently spoke out about the “Top 10 Suburbs that will be affected by negative gearing plans. This scare campaign was quickly joined by the Australian. Mandurah, Western Australia, was where I spent a weekend recently, is now on the AFR’s List.

This was the inlet at the entrance to an inlet when I was growing up. It is now one of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs and has a 50-minute train link to central Perth. A cluster of mixed-use, medium-density developments are located within walking distance from the town center. There are many opportunities to kayak, boat and swim with dolphins and crabs.

Contrary to most suburban developments, this housing is dense. It’s mostly four to five stories high with a few blocks reaching ten stories. It is a walkable neighbourhood with plenty of public space. Many shops and cafes can found on the ground floor.

Built Density, But Not Intensity

This is a great example of the type of urban development that we need in Australian cities. Places that encourage walking to work, shopping, and recreation. Where densities are high enough for a variety of public transport and shopping.

This is the main problem: despite the high built density, the population density in your average suburb is much lower than it should be.

According to AFR, this is the type of place that is set up to suffer. Yet these areas of Mandurah already have an occupancy rate of 20%. This has led to a rise in empty housing, vacant shops and offices, empty streets, parks and poor public transport.

Public space lacks vitality and safety. Even on a sunny February weekend, beaches, parks, and walkways are often empty. There is a lot of built density but very little public life. There are many empty shops that serve as billboards for financial services and real estate along the streets.

Although most of it is vacation housing, it can be commutable to major cities. Is it going to go waste because the owners can make a profit by making a loss according to current negative-gearing rules.

Housing For The Homeless On The Market

Although curbing negative gearing may reduce house prices in the short-term, it will also help in the long-term as it will bring many of these vacant homes onto the market. Then, the synergies between higher-density mixed use development and good public transport will start to play.

More amenities will be possible as more people live within walking distance. More people will be able to cycle or walk, which will improve their health and transport outcomes. This is the type of city that we need to make more walkable. It’s a place where we can live great lives and less dependent on cars.

Because of the high wealth disparities and neoliberal market, it is difficult to estimate how much empty architecture is cause by negative gearing. The curbing of negative gearing can have a significant effect on getting vacant housing onto the market. This could help reverse the cycle of emptiness and bring life back to shops, offices, streets and parks.

Positive Gearing Across Australia Life

This is more than a benefit for places like inner Mandurah. This applies to empty suburbs as well as high-density inner city neighborhoods. As places where density is not important, Docklands and Southbank in Melbourne are two examples.

Negative gearing results in underutilisation of urban space. It is important to reduce it for the future success of Australian cities.

This raises another question: why not tax the underuse of urban space? Why not tax the misuse of urban space if we want to generate new tax revenue that can be use to balance the budget, reduce CO2 emissions, and boost the productivity and vitality in cities? It could be call positive gearing.

October 9

Shopping As Sport Ready And Steady

Shopping As Sport Ready And Steady

Are you competitive or sport like about shopping? Perhaps you see it as a social or emotional benefit to be recognize by your peers and friends as a great shopper or an efficient or proficient shopper. According to an academic paper that was present at an international conference, if so, you might be a sport shopper. The shopper can detail the places and times they bought items, and how much they saved. This shopper believes that it’s not about saving the most, but spending less.

This new type is not to be confuse with the economic shopaholic. They are financially constrain and have to look for generic products and low prices. They are not the recreational shopper who shops for pleasure and reduces stress. Although shopping is generally consider a benign activity, there is a lot of interest in motivation for shopping, especially from marketers and social scientists. This is mainly to better target customers and improve our shopping experience.

American consumer behaviour academic Gregory Stone conducted surveys of Chicago’s female shoppers in the 1950s. He identified two types: the economic and ethical shopper. Others followed their lead, including Danny Bellenger (1992) and Pradeep Korgaonkar (1980).

They enjoyed shopping as a recreational activity to relieve stress and find pleasure. Ronald Faber’s Compulsive Shopper (1992), Thomas O’Guinns’ Compulsive Shopper (1992), was compel repeatedly to buy during shopping centres outings, while Dennis Rooks’ Impulsive Shopper (1987) selected and made purchases with little thought, motivation, or concern for the consequences.

Recreational Shoppers Sport

Sport shoppers are not like recreational shoppers. They only shop for the best deals on desired and sought-after items. This shopper is not interest in shopping for school uniforms, provisioning, or grocery shopping. They would be apathetic in this situation.

The sport shopper, unlike compulsive shoppers is not force to buy on every outing. They are able to use a failed trip as an opportunity for information or practice and can then rationalise their shopping habits.

The sport shopper is like an athlete who trains regularly to improve their skills. Once a product has chosen, the training begins. Promotional material is important and a thorough information search is done to find market prices and possible discounts. Multiple visits to the same store over several days allow the sport shopper the ability to determine stock flow and promotional timing. The goal is to arrive first at the door in the morning by undertaking early morning reconnaissance missions.

Sport Shoppers are motivated by their egos to achieve goals. John Nicholls (1987), Carolyn Jagacinski, and John Nicholls (1987), found that athletes are driven to succeed. They achieve their goals when they beat the retail system or other shoppers (their competition) by finding the desired item at a greatly discounted price.

The purchases are displayed or worn with pride. This gives them the opportunity to share stories of victory with their friends over a few beers. The sport shopper strives to find the next product at a lower price, just like an athlete. Sport shoppers aren’t looking to save the most, but they don’t want to be a Thrift Shopper who seeks bargains because of economic necessity.

Financially Savvy

This type of shopper does not have to be financially savvy and may even earn a high salary. Sport shopping isn’t about finding the perfect handbag at Target at $12 (spending least), but finding the best Chanel handbag at $350 (saving most). This emerging shopping trend is already being recognize by marketers. Found Shopping, an app develop in South Africa, allows shoppers to take photos of their recent purchases, and then describe the discount and store where they were purchase. They can also favourite their shopping skills.

Shop Savvy and Zappos also claim to make shopping easier, more enjoyable and more fun than ever. ShopSavvy helps you find the lowest prices in your area, provide product information, and link to online shopping. It works in the same way as Found Shopping. You can view what your friends have bought by following their lists and create your own shopping list to be follow by others. These are the modern-day virtual market mavens.

These new apps and sites are more about encouraging shoppers to shop smarter, harder, longer, and better. Retailers are now able to use word-of-mouth advertising as friends share their shopping successes. As we head to the shops for Boxing Day Sales and other events, the Sport Shopper within us may once more surface.

October 9

Million Rides And Counting Demand Services Public Transport

Million Rides And Counting Demand Services Public Transport

Technology-driven urban transport revolution is heavily centre on the inner cities. The suburbs left behind, as they lack access to public transport and share micro mobility devices like e-scooters. On-demand transit, which is a combination of new technologies, skilled operators, and willing governments, may be able to solve the problem for suburbs.

Our data collection shows that there have been 36 trials on-demand across Australia since October 2017. This has provided over 1,000,000 rides for residents. The majority of these trips occurred in the last six months. The Griffith Cities Research Institute studies the social equity implications of these services.

What Is On-Demand Transport Transit?

Transit on-demand does not have a fixed route or timetable. A rider can book a trip at a similar price to a bus ticket. These vehicles can be smaller buses, 13-seater vans or sedans. They can also use to transport passengers and are easily adjust according to demand. These services are not burden by fixed stops that are only convenient for a few, and can weave their way through neighbourhoods, optimizing routes as they go.

Users can download an app to request a ride in certain parts of Australia. It works just like Uber or taxis, but much cheaper. For those who prefer not to use an app on their smartphone, you can make a booking through a call center or via a computer.

On-demand services can have a much bigger impact than adding a bus route to a nearby area. While inner-city transport is subsidise by billions of dollars, the distance between the centre and households makes it more difficult for them to access jobs and services. The commute time for households living in outer suburbs is longer than the average person. They also need to drive to reach shops, recreation areas, and health services. People who are unable to drive or don’t have a car can still participate in society by using on-demand services.

What’s Happening Transport Right Now?

On-demand services have seen rapid growth and increased use. As users rely more on these services every day, it appears that some services are too large to fail. From seven operators at the end 2017 to 22, 22 operators were available by December 2019. The monthly ridership has increased by nearly 1,000%.

Keolis Downer has enjoyed almost 27 months of uninterrupted growth on the Sydney Northern Beaches service. It started with 38 passengers and now it carries more than 19,000 passengers per month. In its first four months, the service in The Ponds (Sydney) grew from just 1,000 riders to over 8,000 in just four months. The Mount Barker service in South Australia attracted over 4,000 riders within its first month.

Not all on-demand services can be considered equal. There are many factors that affect the provision of services, including their operations, locations, vehicles, and vehicles. Others have the latest technologies and a new fleet of specially-designed vehicles. Others simply operate under a contract with the taxi company and a call center.

These trials weren’t perfect. Eleven trials are now closed. Nearly all of them have been reopened with revised hours, zones, or technology. Some services are of world-class quality. Some services need more revision. This is a reflection of the rapid development of the field. While operators are improving their ability to navigate the suburbs, governing bodies continue to refine service requirements.

Transit On-Demand Changes Lives Transport

One of Australia’s first on-demand transit trials was launch by the Queensland government and Logan City. It is also known as demand responsive transit and covers Logan, south Brisbane. We conducted research and surveyed the users of this service. The value of on-demand transportation is clearly demonstrate by their responses.

More than half of respondents didn’t have a driver’s license or had limited access to a vehicle for their regular use. One respondent stated that the service reduces the family burden and gives them more autonomy. My husband drives me everywhere. I am unable to drive so I rely on him. It gives me freedom with [on-demand] service.

Another respondent commented on a recent trip and said that they would not have any other way to get there. My saving grace has been on-demand transport. These stories are just a few examples of the benefits of on-demand services. These services are valuable for those who use them. They improve their quality of living and give them access to new opportunities.

Survey respondents overwhelmingly cited technological glitches such as app glitches as the cause of negative responses. However, the responses to questions about the service themselves were glowing. One person answered the question: It is nothing. It’s the best thing since sliced loaf of bread.

What’s Next?

In the coming months, expect to see more of such rollouts. These services show that public transport in the suburbs cannot be ignore as technology improves and operations become more efficient

On-demand transit could play a crucial role in the transition to mobility as a service (MAAS), if it happens as expected. These services will require research on fare structures, vehicle types, branding, operating areas, and promotion of shared ridership.

Our research will focus on developing key metrics that allow for comparisons between services and accounting for many variables. This knowledge is largely held by the private sector, but it must made public in order to assist governments in planning better and more efficient systems.