Book Review: The Design of Childhood

This is a ‘guest post’ book review, by Alexendra Bonham. Alex is doing a PhD on Playful Cities at the University of Auckland and is a candidate for the Waitemata Local Board. The full name of this book is “The Design of Childhood: how the material world shapes independent kids”, by Alexandra Lange.…
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Auckland’s previous transport revolution

We live in an era of significant change to Auckland’s transport system – although not as much as it should be. While daily frustrations about a lack of progress are never-ending, when we zoom out it’s clear that amazing progress has been made over the past 20 years to improve public transport and (more recently) cycling.…
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If AT were really trying to change things

Over the last few years, Auckland Transport have increasingly become the go to political pinata by those looking to score some quick headlines – if you don’t like something about Auckland, blame AT. They’re accused of all sorts of things, from not listening to the public all the way to being ideological bullies waging a war on cars to force people out on to bikes and public transport.…
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Less Parking, Please

Parking is seen as a public good that should be supplied to everyone… Resistance to parking management is tied in a nostalgic way to “the good old days” and used as a form of coded language to complain about increases in population density or changes in community demographics or class structure.…
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Flashback Saturday: The Other Great Transit Dividend

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Patrick was originally published in October 2012. We know that for cities clever investments in Transit systems are the best way to keep their road system working efficiently. By adding additional capacity for movements of people these complimentary systems can save us all multiple billions of dollars in deferred or unnecessary additional roading projects.…
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Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington

This is a guest post from reader Robert McLachlan On the evening of Friday November 26, 1971, viewers of the sole Wellington television channel, then called “Central Television”, could watch the 40-minute film “Notes on a New Zealand City”. Everything about this film is spot on and, especially with the passage of time, extremely moving.…
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Get on with Queen St

There was an interesting opinion piece on Stuff yesterday from travel journalist Brook Sabin talking about the Queen St and labelling it a disgrace. The country’s most well-known street should be a celebration of our identity. Imagine if it were lined with trees, artwork, sculptures, pedestrians, and some of our best Kiwi retailers.…
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