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The New City is a web journal exploring urban development and politics from a free market perspective. It is catalogued in the National Library of Australia's PANDORA archive and has featured on New Geography, On Line Opinion, Quadrant Online, Demographia, Catallaxy Files, Forbes.com, the National Post, RealClearWorld, Architecture Insights and others ... [past articles]




No 50 / 14 December 2014:

Industrial workers lose out to Sydney's knowledge elites

Industrial activities like manufacturing could generate many more opportunities for Sydney's people, if only the city's knowledge work elites would loosen their grip on urban planning policy ... [read more]

Last month: Sydney isn't dominated by inner-city knowledge workers

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