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The Traffic Jam Episode 3: Pedestrian At Best

The Traffic Jam’s third episode is “Pedestrian At Best” with Living Streets Aotearoa’s Ellen Blake, and it’s a great listen. 

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“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”: valuing transport infrastructure when it’s not there

When you’ve had something for a while – like trains, or buses, or parking – you don’t realise what it contributes until suddenly one day it’s not going. Strikes, closures and acts of God are a great opportunity to test – what is this contributing and what happens when we’re without it?

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Reasonable Expectations Part 2: Inspired by Innsbruck

“We just want it to be decent, is that too much to ask?” Wellington’s myths and our decades of mediocre service mean we’re programmed to think it’s ok to be under-served by our public transport. So, what is it reasonable to expect – and demand? 

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Getting more diverse views on housing

Our mate John up in Auckland has been out and about getting input from different sectors to learn more about the housing crisis from their point of view.

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North Kumutoto

Our friends at Eye of the Fish have written this hilarious piece about Wellington’s waterfront being trapped in mediocrity by extremist views. Have your say about the proposal but read this first:

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Revitalisation in Porirua: people, land, and movement

The much-anticipated announcement came this week: a significant investment by government will refurbishe and revitalise the extensive state housing areas in Porirua. We’re hoping those in charge will bring the kind of progressive mindset that’s historically driven Porirua’s better places to live.

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Open Streets – please sir, can we have some more?

Open Streets Wellington was totally worth it. Check out our report and gallery and then send us YOUR pictures of the day!

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Walk[drive] a mile in someone else’s shoes[tyres]

In Episode 2 of The Traffic Jam, the car-disliking Bryan Crump eyeballs his prejudices and walks a mile in some strange shoes.  They’re the steel-cap boots of someone for whom the van or ute feels as essential as a limb: a tradie. 

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“Three bedrooms, one bathroom, close to amenities, kids live longer”

Imagine if you could look at real estate ads and see this. In a suburban borough of London, it’s real: healthy streets changes (appallingly controversial at the time) are benefiting real people.

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Reasonable expectations: Wellington, mediocrity and public transport

We’ve got #bustastrophe and lots of justifiable anger, but even before that, if we’re honest, our public transport was pretty meh.  So with Wellington population, geography, and assuming sensible funding – what can we reasonably expect from public transport? Part one of a series

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