A Green Light

Auckland Law Revue have come up with a fantastic cover of Lorde’s Green Light, looking at transport in Auckland. Just like Lorde, we’re waiting for that green light but Auckland Transport still won’t let us move! Watch the Auckland Law Revue lament the sad state of the New Zealand public transport system and roading in our first video for 2017.…
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Guest Post: A Visit to Perth, Western Australia

This is a guest post from reader and friend of the blog, Warren Sanderson If you are interested in the design of cities and transport, for those of us in Auckland this is indeed a very interesting time. With the adoption of the Greater Auckland’s Congestion Free Network 2 (more or less) by the Labour Party we seem as citizens, to be reaching some consensus that Auckland has to well and truly ease off on further motorway development and play catch-up with public transport.…
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Streetfilms on Tactical Urbanism

Last week the excellent Streetfilms published a new video on tactical urbanism and some of those leading the charge. It’s a great look at how often simple and cheap changes can help make significant changes to our streets. Tired of waiting for local governments to fix dangerous conditions, in many cities everyday citizens are practicing DIY traffic-calming to make streets safer for walking and biking.…
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Research: Pedestrian Connectivity and Economic Productivity in Auckland’s City Centre

For several decades productivity in New Zealand has lagged behind leading OECD countries. A couple weeks back Peter (Connecting cities: it’s a matter of scale) mentioned Phil McCann’s great paper that convincingly explains New Zealand’s productivity problem (“Economic geography, globalisation, and New Zealand’s productivity paradox“).…
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Reviewing the OECD’s economic review

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the ‘rich countries club’, conducts an economic survey of its members. They just published their latest (2017) edition for New Zealand, which makes for some interesting reading. While the OECD’s reviews reflect its own views about what’s going right and wrong in its members’ economies, it sends staff to check out things on the ground.…
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