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The status quo is a choice, too

As Wellington (and other Ao-NZ) towns start to realise the importance of living in better density, and changing how we use our streets, the forces of “No!” gather quickly. But as Strong Towns’ Daniel Herrige writes, we must beware the deliberate, often bad choice to prefer the status quo over any change.

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Does free public transport make a difference?

As politicians gear up for election promises, here’s one to listen for, a favourite across the political spectrum but especially the left. So does free = more ridership? The answer: yes, sometimes, but not always.

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Rethinking Safety

As NZ grapples with our attitudes to our objectively terrible road death rate (not to mention e-scooters, kids’ cycling, high-vis, speed limits etc), we must ask: what’s real, and what’s in our heads – what myths have we come to believe?

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EVENT: Rebuilding the kāinga – community and connection

Māori are disproportionately affected by New Zealand’s housing crisis. Is papakāinga housing development a solution that’s culturally sustainable too? A timely Centre for Sustainable Cities seminar, next week in Pōneke

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Design thinking for libraries

Wellingtonian Ralph Johns imagines Wellington City’s new library

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Getting denser better: NIMBYism and developers (dispatch from San Diego)

Worldwide, unreasonable neighbour resistance (“Not In My Backyard”) is one of the greatest hurdles to the land-use intensification that modern cities need to be sustainable, accessible, and liveable. Talk Wellington are looking at different ways to overcome it – here, profiling some progressive developers’ coalitions in San Diego, California.

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Better places to live: community and housing

Ao-NZ’s munted housing market is stimulating lots of innovation and entrepreneurism, and the responses to different initiatives are revealing our preferences and prejudices.

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Dear Wellington, we need to talk about driving

Surprise? Household emissions have risen, risen, and we can point the finger at how much we drive. So what can we do?

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Things to do (quick!), read, talk about: a fresh tasting platter

SO much good stuff popping up! Here’s a random summary of things you might like

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving: progress!

Today and tomorrow, two councils vote to fund their bits of Let’s Get Wellington Moving.

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