The causes and economic consequences of rising regional housing prices (part 3)

This is a post from Peter Nunns. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  In the first two posts in this series I introduced the postgraduate research project I’ve been working on, which looks at the causes and economic consequences of rising regional housing prices in New Zealand, and outlined the role of scarcity in driving house prices up, especially in Auckland.…
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A plea for safer urban design: We want to get home safely!

This is a Guest Post from Women in Urbanism Aotearoa  Since the horrific and heart-breaking story of Grace Millane began unfolding, women have been coming forward to talk about all the things they do to protect themselves. Michèle A’Court lists just some of the actions women take to stay safe, everyday: “Driving when we’d rather walk, walking well lit streets rather than taking the shortcut, snapping a picture of the cab driver’s ID – women have been socialised to suspect the world means us harm.…
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Great streets for Grey Lynn: a beauty of a reboot!

This is a cross post from our friends over at Bike Auckland. Feedback is now open on the revamped designs for Grey Lynn, which include not only neighbourhood bikeways, but great stuff for pedestrians, more trees, and quality landscaping. Here’s Auckland Transport’s project page with full info and detailed plans – and the consultation brochure. Feedback is now open until Friday 14 December.  We’ll be back with more nuanced observations, but for now we’ll keep it simple. This is beautiful, smart, proud design. It puts pedestrians first, creates safe and connected bikeways for kids and adults alike, and greens the streets by adding over 200 new trees.…
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Kids in the City: Access

This three-part series of guest posts is written by Alex Bonham, a member of Women in Urbanism, who has worked as a Porse carer and is now researching “the playful city” for her doctorate. In this series of three posts I have been looking at how kids fit in to the city.…
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Vision Zero Spin from Auckland Transport

This is a guest post from reader Heidi O’Callahan Since the Road Safety Review was released earlier this year, Auckland Transport have been clear that their new approach will use the Swedish safety system called Vision Zero. For example: We want to move towards a more “forgiving” road network, where a mistake made by a driver or road user does not lead to devastating consequences.…
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