Steven Petsinis

Steven Petsinis is an Urban Planning graduate from Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in Urban Research and Development projects in Medellin, Colombia and Saigon, Vietnam and is currently pursuing his masters in Melbourne, Australia. His main interests lie in land use and social planning, sustainability, as well as studies involving globalization and it's effect on third world communities. He has recently spent one year travelling throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, where he has gathered material and inspiration for his upcoming blogs for The Grid.

A Farewell From Steven Petsinis

by Steven Petsinis

As I walked past a communal artist space that had recently developed adjacent my apartment, I quickly checked my calendar to see if I had time to change my story for this week. Alas, I found out that this week is my sign... Read article

From Excess to Excise: How Australian's Behaviour Has Lead to Significant Alcohol Excises

by Steven Petsinis

When you think of what Australia’s past times are, you often think of beaches, the great outdoors and football. However, what has become a tainted trend in recent years has been the drinking problem that has formed par... Read article

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne's Crisis Housing Towers

by Steven Petsinis

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960's. Major housing commissions positione... Read article

Melbourne's Central Business District Jeopardizes "World's Most Livable City" Status

by Steven Petsinis

A city’s centre should be its pride and joy - a reflection of the city’s culture, a place that residents can be proud of and that visitors can feel comfortable in. Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) has struggle... Read article

As The Economy Trends South: Victorian Government Proposes 'East-West'

by Steven Petsinis

Though a city of less than five million people, Melbourne is a sprawling city that’s population and sprawl are growing at an exponential rate. The development of housing in outer Melbourne has choked existing infrastruct... Read article

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

by Steven Petsinis

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have b... Read article

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

by Steven Petsinis

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they r... Read article

Why Rail is Imperative for Melbourne's International Airport Linkages

by Steven Petsinis

As major cities around Australia and the world have acted on the growth of their cities and airports' patronage by installing high-volume contemporary public transport services, the world's most liveable city's airport h... Read article

Shadows of Doubt: Will Melbourne's Planned Density Affect Its Liveability

by Steven Petsinis

As Melbourne’s population grows, our city’s planners are pushing for densification. By concentrating growth, Melbourne is hoping to ease the strain on housing supply by promoting smaller lot sizes, as well as ease the bu... Read article

MONA: How One Man's Gamble Put Hobart on the Map

by Steven Petsinis

The Apple Isle has historically been a destination devoid of tourists, as Tasmania could be described as the ignorant outcast of a lucky country. Whilst visitors flock to Queensland to bathe in sun or to the Northern Ter... Read article

Last Chance: The Free Rent Scheme Activating Melbourne's Docklands

by Steven Petsinis

Vintage, grungy and gentrified are words that are often associated with Melbourne’s most trendy neighbourhoods. Inner urban suburbs such as Fitzroy and North Melbourne that are characterised by Victorian terrace housing,... Read article

Myki: The Costly Implementation of Melbourne's Transport Ticketing System

by Steven Petsinis

Why does it seem that sometimes the more advanced we get, or the more available technology becomes, the less effective we become? This is the case with Public Transport in Melbourne. Up until the 1990’s Trams were con... Read article

A Dangerous Ride: Why Melbourne's Bike Lanes Are Not Promoting A Sustainable Commute

by Steven Petsinis

How we integrate cycling paths into developed cities can be challenging, as cities’ centuries-old built forms are having to be designed to appease the growing population of cyclists. Whether it be a Saturday morning a... Read article