Flashback Sunday – Isolated in the quarter-acre pavlova paradise?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in June 2015. The other week, the NZ Herald reported on some new research into Kiwis’ sense of social connectedness. The results, unfortunately, are fairly dismal: New research has found that New Zealanders are losing touch with their neighbours – and it’s affecting our wellbeing.…
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Flashback Saturday: Airport Rapid Transit isn’t really about the Airport

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in October 2017. The idea of providing Airport rail through a short spur from Puhinui is one of those ideas that continues to pop up. It emerged again in an opinion piece the NZ Herald ran just over a week ago (which was oddly a repeat of a piece they ran exactly a month earlier).…
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Flashback Saturday: The cost of space (for cars)

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was first published in June 2015. Earlier this month, urban policy researcher Todd Litman published a useful summary of some of his new research into the cost of sprawl: Our analysis indicates that by increasing the distances between homes, businesses, services and jobs, sprawl raises the cost of providing infrastructure and public services by 10-40 percent.…
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Flashback Saturday: The pitfalls of “multi-modal” projects

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in October 2012. A previous post by Patrick highlighted his concerns about the phrase “multi-modal”, something that I want to explore further. Patrick’s general argument is that we “talk the good talk” about multi-modalism (is that even a word?) but in reality what we have built over and over again is “mono-modalism”.…
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Flashback Saturday: The Other Great Transit Dividend

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Patrick was originally published in October 2012. We know that for cities clever investments in Transit systems are the best way to keep their road system working efficiently. By adding additional capacity for movements of people these complimentary systems can save us all multiple billions of dollars in deferred or unnecessary additional roading projects.…
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