A Tale of a Split City

This is a guest post from Sam van der Weerden in Dunedin. It first appeared on his blog.  Ōtepoti Dunedin is getting a new hospital. As well as replacing an ageing facility, this new building (or two) will result in major changes to how Dunedinites get around, live in, and experience their city.…
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Weekly Roundup – 10-July 2020

It’s Friday and here’s our weekly roundup National’s recycled policy Who says the National Party doesn’t have a green side, they clearly like recycling if some of their first election policy announcements are anything to go by. It started last Friday with them announcing they would spend $570 million on a 16km extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere.…
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Weekly Roundup – 03-July-2020

Here’s our weekly roundup of some of the things that caught my attention this week. Why does Auckland Transport hate pedestrians so much? During lockdown one of the changes Auckland Transport belatedly made was to set the pedestrian crossings on many intersections to automatic, avoiding the need to push the beg buttons.…
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The Power of Disruption

Image: CICLOVÍAS EMERGENTES Lineamientos de Implementación – Gobierno de la Ciudad de México Good leaders seek ways to change what needs to be changed. And for climate, safety and equity, there is much that needs to be changed. One powerful, democratic tool to enable change, is disruption.…
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From Ugly Car Parks to Loved Buildings

Guest post from Brendon Harre that although Christchurch focused, raises New Zealand wide questions of importance, such as, inner-city car parking policy and how to rebuild extensively damaged city centres. Christchurch’s earthquake damaged city exposes many underlying urbanism lessons. Minimising land wastage on car parking is one lesson.…
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Weekly Roundup – 05-June-2020

It’s a short week but still lots to talk about. Here’s our roundup. Transmission Gully omnishambles Transmission Gully continues to be in the news and not in a good way. A few days ago Newsroom reported that it now might not be completed till 2022 and that as well as the issues we’ve already heard about before, such as workers no longer being in the country, there are a bunch of new issues too.…
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Alert to Changing Default Speeds

Yesterday, Auckland Transport announced: New and safe speed limits on more than 600 roads across Auckland will come into force from 30 June 2020 onwards. In an email they also advised: This tranche will be completed by November 2021. It’s a huge relief that these changes bringing in safe speeds have not been cut in the emergency budget.…
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Weekly Roundup – 29-May-2020

Here’s our weekly roundup. Off-peak fares We’ve long suggested that Auckland Transport should introduce discounted off-peak fares and now they’re doing just that, for June at least. Auckland Transport is discounting fares on buses and trains to encourage more people to travel during the day and at night.…
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