Getting Gates

On Tuesday, Auckland Transport announced that ticket gates have gone live at Manurewa. That makes it the seventh station that have now has gates operating. It follows Britomart, Newmarket, Manukau, New Lynn, Henderson and Ōtāhuhu. Manurewa is also unique because it’s the first station gated that has side platforms without some sort of concourse area.…
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Defining the “average” Aucklander.

In this post, I want to talk (somewhat informally) about how we define the “average Aucklander”, before relating this discussion to the people who contribute material for the Blog. I finish with a plea for help. I’ve been pondering these issues for sometime, due to Peter’s excellent post about submissions on Auckland’s Unitary Plan as well as Emma’s compelling call for greater involvement from women in urbanism.…
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City Motorway Ramps

The other day I wrote about the need to fix the Symonds St on-ramp. In the post I included a graph looking at average daily traffic volumes on it over the last 15 years. While pulling the data together for the graph I thought it would be useful to compare it to other city centre ramps.…
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Zoning politics for the many, not the few

This is a guest post from reader Brendon Harré. It was originally posted on his Medium blog. Part one: The background picture Housing exists in a framework of rules and infrastructure provision. Increasingly around the world this framework is being challenged, as the perception has developed that urban development frameworks are only benefiting the few and are detrimental to both the poor and the middle class.…
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Fix the Symonds St on-ramp

An article in the Herald over the weekend highlighted what has to be one of the city’s most dangerous intersections, the Symonds St motorway on-ramp. An insurance company is seeking almost $3000 in repair costs from an elderly man who was hit by a car while crossing an Auckland road.…
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Quay St starts, Quay St stops

Work finally started this week on extending the popular Quay St cycleway to The Strand. Unfortunately, it’s already had to stop due to protesters. Quay St opposite Spark Arena, is the second busiest location for bikes in the city – based on ATs ever growing network of automated bike counters.…
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