Planning for Air Travel

This is a guest post by Paul Callister and Wallace Rae. As Auckland transitions from an ‘overgrown town’ to a ‘world-class city’, it faces many challenges. These aren’t just related to liveability concerns from our sprawling land use and high car dependency.…
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Weekly Roundup 29-Nov-19

Here’s the roundup of some of the things we didn’t yet cover this week. More Auckland Transport Consultation After months of silence in the lead up to the local body elections, AT are clearly now playing catch up and trying to squeeze in all of their consultations before Christmas.…
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Legless Crossings

When thinking about how we get around, walking should form the foundation of the transport pyramid, the thing that we make the easiest and enable the most of. It’s something that we all do (without feet or with a mobility aid) and yet our built environment can be downright hostile to people not in a car.…
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City centre employment keeps growing

Hottish off the press: there are now more than 120,000 people working in Auckland’s city centre,* making it the biggest hub for employment in New Zealand. Almost 3,000 jobs were added in the last year. That’s based on a fairly typical definition of the city centre, stretching from Wynyard Quarter to the eastern end of the ports, and inside the motorway noose (plus the western end of K Road).…
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Should we rip off the level-crossing band-aid?

With the exception of how people access Britomart, the construction works for the City Rail Link so far have had little impact on rail users. But as we wrote last week, that will change from the middle of next year when the Mt Eden station closes for 3½ years to enable the western line to be dropped by as much as 4m as part of grade separating Normanby Rd and to accommodate the construction of the CRL tunnels.…
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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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