Policy Parrot says:
With interest this Parrot reads about the New York town of Hamburg that was revived through narrowing of streets.
Retail boomed and it became apparent that earlier plans to widen the Main Street for vehicle safety and flow were quite stupid.
In Auckland there is a subtle battle between the North Korean Gestapo – Auckland Transport – and Urban Design.
Normally this Parrot likes neither group. One is impossibly difficult and corrupt (AT) and the other is utopian and has no foothold in reality.
But this Parrot does agree with certain urban design principles. One is narrow streets.
Narrow streets create character. In Auckland people prefer the narrow intimate character of High Street than the Boulevard next door – Queen Street which to be blunt – feels like a canyon of emptiness and devoid of soul. Read more »