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Suburbia is subsidised: here’s the maths

Fun fact: Inner-city areas are subsidising suburbs – to the tune of hundreds of millions every year. A great video lays out this big fact that’s hidden in plain sight.

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What does decolonisation look like in our towns?

Heard of decolonisation? What about re-indigenisation? What do these mean for how we design our towns and why should we care? Here’s our crash course on everything you need to know!

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The housing crisis: how we made it and how we fix it

An important report from Te Waihanga|The Infrastructure Commission shows that our current housing crisis wasn’t inevitable. Hear more from Te Waihanga’s own experts at the next Urbanerds this Tuesday!

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We need trees more than ever, but will that be enough?

Shady trees do wonders for cities, people and the climate. But are they enough to make a difference now? Trees aren’t the only form of urban greening, so what else can we do?

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What happens when a city bans cars?

There’s lots of panicky talk in the NZ media about “banning driving” and being “anti-car.” But US streets like San Francisco’s Market Street and New York’s 14th Street have already “banned” private vehicles. So what happened next?

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“See you in court!”: Cobham Drive, community groups, and judicial review

Posturing aside, what does it really mean for someone to legally challenge a roading authority’s decision – be it a cycleway, a road expansion, or a pedestrian crossing on Cobham Drive?

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Why is city change so damn hard?

Pictured above, one of “the worst council meetings of all time” happening around the country as inner city residential suburbs become the battleground of our age. Tune in to hear why we’re bad at city change – and hopefully some ways to make good change easier

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Hearts and minds – via ads

When it comes to winning hearts and minds (and dictating our behaviour), commercial marketing has run rings around public-service advertising for decades now. But some public-good campaigns on our radar are looking slick…

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Wellington, it’s time to shift the power of cars in our streets.

Wellington, and New Zealand in general, has a chronic car problem. And as we’ve seen recently, an extreme minority can also weaponise cars against the public. What can we do to open up our streets, make cars our guests, and stop weaponising from happening again?

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Transitional? Transformational!

With the “transitional cycleways”, Wellington’s using a better method to make roads safely bikeable. And when you’ve got a joined-up bikeable network, something amazing happens

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