Flashback Saturday – Shedding light on Auckland’s population density

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in November 2011. Last night’s post about Eric Thompson’s silly NZ Herald article highlighted one unresolved matter – the question of “what is Auckland’s population density?” I noted that according to Wikipedia, the urban density of Auckland is around 1250 people per square kilometre whereas Demographia states a density of around 2,200.…
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Flashback Saturday – Australasian patronage trends

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was originally published in December 2011. This blog post has some excellent comparisons of public transport patronage across New Zealand and Australian cities. While all the cities looked at are of vastly different sizes (and therefore have vastly different patronage numbers), through comparing growth rates and per capita patronage, we can really have quite a good look at how Auckland stacks up against these other places.…
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Flashback Saturday – Housing affordability and sprawl

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was originally published in December 2011. The good old ‘compact city’ versus ‘urban sprawl’ debate has been reignited – with a Productivity Commission report on Housing Affordability pointing the finger at land-use regulation as a major cause for reduced housing affordability over the past decade: particularly in Auckland.…
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Flashback Saturday: Re-analysing the City Rail Link’s benefits

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in November 2011. It has been frustrating to see the assessment of the City Rail Link’s benefits become so politicised over the past few months. You would think that something like undertaking a cost-benefit analysis of a transport project would be a fairly objective task, but as we have learned there are so many assumptions made when assessing transport projects – that the objectivity of the process has really become something of a myth.…
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Flashback Saturday – Removing the Dominion/New North interchange?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was first published in August 2011. As a kid I was always fascinated by the bizarre interchange between New North Road and Dominion Road, between Kingsland and Eden Terrace. You know the one – it looks like this: From Dominion Road/Ian McKinnon Drive, the interchange looks like this:  You can see from the above photos how “out of place” the interchange is with its surrounding area.…
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Flashback Saturday: High Density Sprawl – not an oxymoron?

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post was originally published in August 2011. The most commonly cited characteristic of urban sprawl is its low-density. In fact, density is often used as the sole way of determining whether a city is sprawled or not – and (following on from that) whether a city’s urban form is conducive to public transport or not.…
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