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CBD recovery slow, but some silver lining

COVID restrictions on hotels and nightclubs, a scaled-back festival season and lack of international students have all been considerable factors in the CBD’s slow visitor recovery, but positives are emerging, Adelaide City Council says.

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A near-empty King William Street at peak hour during Adelaide's brief November lockdown. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily
Opinion

Green space and free thinking, not free parking, will boost post-pandemic CBDs

Adelaide and other cities’ attempts to lure motorists back to near-deserted CBDs ignores the fact that many workers may not return to offices, and increasing liveable green space is the key to city centres becoming a destination of choice, argue Rebecca Clements, Elizabeth Taylor and Thami Croeser.

Opinion

Moving on up not the smartest deal for universities

Universities across Australia are increasingly setting up in CBDs, with federal government funding tied to a wider policy of revitalising cities. But sacrificing space and amenity for vertical expansion often isn’t a great deal for students, research or the university’s bottom line, argues Geoff Hanmer.