Sunday reading 30 April 2017

Hi and welcome back to Sunday Reading. I’m returning this week to Richard Florida where he highlights how restrictive development regulations have contributed to the “new urban crisis”. Richard Florida, “Meet the ‘New Urban Luddites’“, City Lab. The New Urban Luddism does not just limit the construction of new homes and apartments; more troublingly, it also puts an artificial cap on the further development and expansion of entire cities.…
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Flashback Saturday: “‘The Cross’ Future Pattern for Auckland Rail?”

Every Saturday we dig into the archives to highlight a post from around 5 years ago. Today’s post looks back at plans for the development of Auckland’s rail network prior to light-rail coming along. There is currently a great deal of work happening on both the CRL and and a study into ways to optimise access to the airport and the rest of south west AK.…
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CFN2: Making the most of the rail network

Some people have been a bit surprised that our Congestion Free Network does not expand our existing heavy rail network to a greater extent, particularly given the significant investment currently under way in the City Rail Link. I covered off that issue to some extent a few weeks ago by highlighting that CRL does not have unlimited capacity – one of the reasons we propose complementing the heavy rail network with a new, light-rail, network.…
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Auckland in 1956

It’s always fascinating looking back at old some of the old videos of Auckland. Thanks to Shard in the comments the other day for highlighting this video which I hadn’t seen before. REPORT ON AUCKLAND: A report on the attractions and developments in Auckland.…
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New Board directors for Auckland Transport

On Friday the council finally announced three new board directors for Auckland Transport in a process that was delayed significantly due to the local body elections last year. Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen, Mary-Jane Daly and Kylie Clegg have been appointed to the board of the Auckland Council-controlled organisation Auckland Transport (AT).…
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