Recently there was an interesting article called how to Un Moses your City at Citylab. For those unfamiliar with the name, Robert Moses was one of the most polarising men in Urban Planning, leading much of New York City’s infrastructure planning during the depression and post-war period. He led the construction of large expressways at expense of PT, often routing them through poor & minority areas using the justification of “Slum Clearance”. Jane Jacobs famous protested again and eventually halted the Lower Manhattan Expressway through SoHo and Little Italy, a project proposed by Moses.
The article was about a new open source mapping tool which can show what your city would look like without motorways. Here is what Central Auckland & the City Centre looks like with & without motorways.
It goes to show you how much of an effect our motorway network has, especially around the City Centre where it almost acts as a wall by severing the City from the rest of the Central Isthmus. It reminds me of an old post by Matt – Comparing the CMJ where the Central Motorway Junction is almost the same size of the heart of Auckland’s City Centre, as well as this thought provoking image showing Newton before and after.
You can do this with any city or town, just select this link which will take you to the website.