This is a guest post from Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy Beckett
At Generation Zero we are always looking for ways to improve our cities.
Earlier this year we ran a campaign to help save Linear Park that got an overwhelming amount of support, in large part thanks to the work of Greater Auckland.
That, and the conversations we had around why we need Linear Park, started us thinking around the profound change that is happening in our city centre.
As documented here on the blog, the number of people living, working and studying in the CBD has skyrocketed, but the number of cars hasn’t. The CRL and Light Rail will completely redefine the direction of travel in the CBD.
We have already seen great improvements to the city centre in the past decade, the Britomart development, the shared streets, Te Ara I Whiti and the separated cycle lanes.
We are moving towards a city centre thats a place for people, not cars.
We want to help shape that transformation, and speed it along. There are so many more opportunities and great idea’s waiting to happen.
That’s why we are working on our own City Centre Masterplan, that will feed into the Council’s refresh of their plan.
We are starting by asking for ideas at a workshop this Thursday (tomorrow).
We want your ideas and vision of what your ideal low carbon city would look like as, after all, it will be affecting you. We want to hear from people, particularly young people, who spend time in the city, and know how it could be better.
You will also hear from the brilliant minds of Kathryn King, Manager of Walking Cycling and Road Safety at Auckland Transport, and Richard Hills, Auckland Councillor for North Shore.
So if you already live, work and party in Tāmaki Makaurau then nows your chance to bring your transport, housing and spatial design critiques and solutions to the table.
The event is on Level 3 of the Architecture Building at the University of Auckland, there will be directions on the day!