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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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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