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Tis the season to be readin’

Summer is coming (supposedly), but even if the weather isn’t playing ball, at least holidays are coming. And with a bit more time to breathe, we thought we’d suggest some good reading for you good folks wanting better cities.

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Out with “Road Safety”, in with “Transport Health”

The reported road toll is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s rethink how transport affects personal and community health.

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Wellington: “Progress is hard!” Other cities: “Hold my beer”

As Wellington twitches with frustration about the future of its transport, other cities are rolling their sleeves up, leaning into the challenges and making stunning progress.  These webinars are a must-hear.

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Fresh thinking on filling the affordable housing gap

Although Aotearoa has a dire lack of state housing, there is also a growing hole in the middle too. The Urban Advisory’s (TUA) report on scaling up affordable housing came out this month; and it had some interesting ideas about how to fill the gaps.

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Stebbings Valley 2.Oh-no

WCC has returned after a 2 year hiatus to give us version 2.0 of the Stebbings Valley development. Let’s look at what’s changed, what’s the same, why we’re not fans, and get some submissions in by 5.00pm 30th November.

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Resource Management reform: the RMA’s daddy says…

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Spatial Plan: c’mon Wellington, let’s keep evolving

Wellington’s proposed Spatial Plan could be better, and much of the proof of the pudding is to come. But your voice is needed now (by 5pm Monday 5th), because Wellington will be frozen in amber if the Spatial Plan doesn’t move forward – and that amber is a city that locks out lots of Wellingtonians.

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Housing, growth and spatial planning: a curious person’s reading (and looking) list

There’s a lot of opinions flying around right now, and the debates are only ramping up in Wellington. Spatial Plan submissions are only the first step –  and some curated reading will stand you in good stead

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Codesign with community: spotting codesign-washing

Codesign – from housing to streetscapes, everywhere we’re hearing officials say “codesigning with community”. But like any well-intentioned thing it’s become bastardised and buzzwordy, so how do we spot tokenism at 50 paces?

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A city with a vision? AKL x WLG

Wellington’s got a lot of bustle and noise (Let’s Get Wellington Moving – Spatial Plan – new subdivisions – convention centre – library) but where’s the coherent vision? Hey Auckland – can we learn some things?

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