Published 20 February 2007
Greg Boyden’s proposal to minimise carparking in his Railway St, Newmarket, development is interesting. His reduced carparking proposal is a good test as to how committed council really is to the idea of intensifying transport corridor development and encouraging greater use of public transport. You either do it or you don’t, but to have a current situation where council instruct: â€˜Provide the carparks please, but don’t bring your car,’ is a conflict. A dollar either way. We need to be braver than that.
Wellington is a city with intensity, soul & public transport. Their development regulations don’t require ANY carparking to be provided in the city, no one seems to be adversely affected by that strategy, quite the reverse. Wellington people love their city.
On the basis that a community gets the city it deserves, we in Auckland are obviously a community designed by car salesmen. I think we can do better than that.
(Bob, I should declare that I am a partner of Greg’s at JASMAX, and I have written this completely independent of Greg and/or our company position on the issue. He’s overseas at the moment. I have not discussed your story with him).