Shopping and public transport: Westfield around the world

The conventional wisdom in New Zealand seems to be that people will always drive to go shopping, they won’t take public transport or cycle. It’s even spawned the term #Quaxing, named after your friend and mine, councillor Dick Quax.@lukechristensen @BenRoss_AKL @Brycepearce no one in the entire western world uses the train for their shopping trips — Dick Quax (@DickQuax) January 3, 2015I’ll talk about some UK and Australian examples of shopping centres below.…
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Not Shopping by Car

In my predictions for 2015 I didn’t include that a elected official¬†would make a fool of themselves but I should have – although in hindsight I guess it was inevitable. What can’t be predicted was that it would happen barely a few days into the new year.…
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Shopping Adventures by Train

Next week Auckland Transport’s new train timetables launch which as well as improving services on the network also improve legibility which is great for us, the users. It will also see all trains on the Eastern line be run using electric trains and those combined with improved reliability of the network and the old diesel fleet means AT are starting to realise that they have a service they can sell.…
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Lower Queen St the place to be for retailers

An interesting article yesterday on what is happening in the retail building market in central Auckland. Cruise ship passengers and Auckland shoppers are providing the impetus for the redevelopment and popularity of the lower Queen St retail area, says Nilesh Patel, associate director of retail services at CBRE.…
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