Are we getting the Public Space Outcome at Britomart the City Needs?

One of best things Auckland is getting as a result of the great upgrade that is the City Rail Link is, at last, a proper urban public square in precisely the right place. The section of Lower Queen St in front of the grand old CPO that is now the Britomart train station, once void of all vehicles, will become the most important bit of paving in the city.…
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Queen St open for people

At the Santa Parade just over a week ago one thing I was extremely happy to hear was that Auckland Transport left Queen St open for people for a few hours after the parade instead of squeezing thousands back on to the footpath so the road could be reopened to what would have been a significantly fewer vehicles like they’ve done in previous years.…
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Queen St Transit Mall – Why Wait for LRT?

On Thursday the Herald reported the latest on Auckland Transport’s plans for Light Rail across the isthmus which came following an update to the Council’s Infrastructure Committee. From the presentation online there doesn’t seem to be much new other than what we’ve already seen and unfortunately the meeting wasn’t one filmed under the council’s new webcasting service so we can’t see exactly what was said.…
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Opening Lower Queen St for people

One of the great things about Auckland Anniversary weekend a month ago was the closing down of Queen St outside Britomart and parts of Quay St. I personally found it great and loved so seeing so many people in the city centre enjoying themselves.…
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Queen Street and the Santa Parade

The annual Santa Parade is coming up is just under 3 weeks on Sunday 30 November. This is the one-day a year when families and children are really welcome in our CBD. Image: www.santaparade.co.nz As part of this Queen Street, Albert Street and many surrounding streets are closed, supposedly from 12pm to 4pm.…
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More detail on Queen Elizabeth Square plans

A week ago we discussed the possibility of the council selling Queen Elizabeth Square to Precinct properties and during the week the council debated it at it’s Development Committee allowing new details to emerge. The report that accompanied the discussion provides a lot of hints at what the thinking is around what this part of town could look like in the future, here’s the executive summary.…
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Queen St Water Slide?

Auckland’s hills help to define the city and making good use of them is important. As I mentioned the other day some people have started taking to “downhilling” on the rail network whereby they get off a train at Grafton and ride down to the city from there.…
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