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The Magic Roundabout

Our friends over at Eye Of The Fish have cast their beady eye over the biggest thing to shape central Wellington’s transport since… the 1855 earthquake.   

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Weekend Reading 18.11.17

This week: a big idea that’s new to Aotearoa but that’s much older news in other cool countries.   “Let’s just try not to kill anyone eh?”   This is the essence of the Vision Zero approach to a transport system.     You’d think it was the common starting point for anyone building stuff…

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Let’s Get Wellington… baby-stepping, maybe sideways

Talk Wellington was at the much-anticipated event of the week: the launch of the four “scenarios” that Let’s Get Wellington Moving has been preparing to sort out transport in the CBD. Ahhh Wellington… our capital city.  Your natural advantages have been compromised by some short-sighted infrastructure decisions back in the day (airport & hospital locations,…

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No Going Back?

Pomare’s redevelopment was “all about community engagement”, but did it ultimately serve the people who lived there? We ponder the commercial vs community pressures of public/private partnerships.     The area around Farmer Crescent in Lower Hutt was once infamous, dominated by the Mongrel Mob and scene of a 2009 stoush between the gang and…

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Weekend Reading – 11.11.17

“Bike theft is not inevitable”: Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution   For Vancouver, where more people cycle than any other North American city, bike theft is a real problem.  A trial of a high tech to way to reduce bike theft in the city has  impressive results – down 70% over two years….

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Together we stand, divided we Mall

A further look under the lid of the great and the not-so-great of Wellington shopping centres.   While Johnsonvillians, with the patience of Job, await the bulldozers that will herald the start of work on their Shopping Centre revamp, I thought I would follow up my last article with a closer look under the bonnet…

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Weekend Reading – 4.11.17

Transport-flavoured tidbits for your breakfast enjoyment this week…   What the hell is a Stroad? One this week from the “oh that’s what that is!” box: the weird and dysfunctional beast that is the STROAD.  It’s a made-up word by Strong Towns, but it’s a useful one: the hybrid of a street (a destination, whose…

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X-ray goggles and imagination: what do we see in our towns?

Seeing your hometown with fresh eyes is always a good thing, even (especially) when that’s a bit uncomfortable. Lured by the challenging concept of “Re-Māorifying”, Talk Wellington’s Isabella Cawthorn found some home truths and fresh perspectives about Porirua – and all our towns.   It was too good to be a coincidence. I was reading…

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Weekend Reading – 29.10.17

Complement your eggs on toast this weekend with some tasty sides of future energy (it’s not that radical – the Auzzies are doing it) and the future (maybe) of Wellington city.  Mmmmm!   Get your solar on!   Cool stuff happening in the world of green energy powering cities: last month South Australia’s electricity demand…

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‘Then I understood’: connecting again with the Porirua Stream

Poet, chaplain, father and Tawa local John Dennison goes exploring down the backyard… and discovers a taonga   In reflecting on his return to live in the place where he grew up, American small-holding farmer and essayist Wendell Berry writes:   ‘It is impossible to escape the sense that I am involved in history. What…

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