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Dr Chris Harris on an alternative transport vision for New Zealand Dr Chris Harris on an alternative transport vision for New Zealand Presentation Transcript

  • 18 May 2010 ‘Tell Them They’re Dreaming’ Chris Harris
  • In the distant future, the Year 2000…
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  • High hopes of 1950s have not worked out Preceding image:  Auckland 2000,  by Bernard Roundhill. Reproduced with kind permission of Winstone Wallboards Limited
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  • Auckland in 1950 plus accessibility-challenged present day edge city development. Red circle has a 12 km radius, roughly the distance at which CBD-bound motorways have only four lanes
  • Overseas, motorways being closed, returned to trams… ‘ Rail Revival’…
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  • Clean air buses too…
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  • Convergence on European practice?
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  • Where did it all go wrong? In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s we knew what we know now!
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  • Somehow we forgot the Importance of the public realm Car adopted as ‘DIY solution’ to urban transport needs
    • USA / UK / NZ: Anti-planning backlash, in favour of DIY and minimal state
    • Not just 1980s, also 1950s
    • Meant only motorway component of ‘dream schemes’ went ahead
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    • Wagner’s Law
    • Urbanisation means a growing demand for well-organised public services in place of private provision (DIY).
    • Conventional wisdom in Europe
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    • DIY not cheaper in the long run, i.e. Wagner’s law applies regardless if costs of cars, degraded public realm, accidents, pollution factored in.
    • Not to mention energy, greenhouse, etc…
    • NZ last to come to party?