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What must be done, and how to do it

by Guy Marriage
Both locals and imported experts have no problem observing the problems present in Wellington – you only have to stand on a street corner for 10 minutes to observe that our city has some real issues. Read more »

A sheltered city

by Craig Palmer
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development is inappropriate for Wellington. In favouring widespread high-rise development, it steers this city towards exacerbating its climatic and seismic disadvantages. Read more »

Last words from Levi

Wellington.Scoop
We’re late to say farewell to Leviathan, who’s given up his popular and influential Wellington blog eyeofthefish. Read more »

Five years of not getting us moving

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by Lindsay Shelton
There was another reminder last week that Let’s Get Wellington Moving is mis-named. Announcing that public feedback from 2000 people on changes to Wellington’s Golden Mile had overwhelmingly backed the “transform” option, it said: “The next step … is to identify a preferred option.” Read more »

The Adelaide Road solution

Adelaide Road in the future
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By Gregor Thompson
Perhaps the most perennial point of contention from the rather hostile spatial plan episode was Adelaide Road. A lot of people, often heritage advocates, couldn’t accept why it was necessary to allow demolition of homes in Newtown or Berhampore while down the road and closer to town several vacant sites sat idle on the main transport route. Read more »

What will they do about parking?

by Lindsay Shelton
The Wellington City Council announced a new parking policy this week. But it left us in the dark by failing to give any details of what the changes will be. Read more »

Transport plans: the good, the bad and the ugly

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by Conor Hill
National released its transport package for Wellington and the Hutt Valley last week. Everything in it is familiar to anyone following Wellington transport plans, but it’s worth a look. Read more »

Let’s Get Wellington Moving – what went wrong

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Opinion from NZ National Party
The Let’s Get Wellington Moving project (LGWM) was commenced with good intentions in 2016 by the National-led Government alongside local government in Wellington. The aim was to let bygones be bygones, figure out what Wellingtonians wanted, gain as much consensus as possible amongst key agencies, and design an integrated package that looked at the needs of the city as a whole rather than on a project-by-project basis. Read more »

Choosing a Golden Mile option

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Wellington.Scoop
How many of us have read through the hundreds of pages released last month by LGWM in the latest stage of its seemingly endless saga to improve conditions on the Golden Mile. (The short version alone was 170 pages.) Read more »

Worse for pedestrians, easier for cars – a wrong decision for Hataitai

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by Mike Mellor
The Wellington City Council is proposing to build a mountable roundabout at the intersection of Hataitai’s shopping centre, which it says will increase pedestrian safety – but it provides no information to support this. The new layout will in fact make things harder for pedestrians (who will have to walk out of their way to get to the re-positioned crossings) and easier for vehicles. Read more »

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