Dr Chris Harris on an alternative transport vision for New Zealand

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Dr Chris Harris on an alternative transport vision for New Zealand

  1. 1. 18 May 2010 ‘Tell Them They’re Dreaming’ Chris Harris
  2. 2. In the distant future, the Year 2000…
  3. 4. High hopes of 1950s have not worked out Preceding image:  Auckland 2000,  by Bernard Roundhill. Reproduced with kind permission of Winstone Wallboards Limited
  4. 7. 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
  5. 8. Overseas, motorways being closed, returned to trams… ‘ Rail Revival’…
  6. 16. Clean air buses too…
  7. 19. Convergence on European practice?
  8. 26. Where did it all go wrong? In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s we knew what we know now!
  9. 30. Somehow we forgot the Importance of the public realm Car adopted as ‘DIY solution’ to urban transport needs
  10. 31. <ul><li>USA / UK / NZ: Anti-planning backlash, in favour of DIY and minimal state </li></ul><ul><li>Not just 1980s, also 1950s </li></ul><ul><li>Meant only motorway component of ‘dream schemes’ went ahead </li></ul>
  11. 33. <ul><li>Wagner’s Law </li></ul><ul><li>Urbanisation means a growing demand for well-organised public services in place of private provision (DIY). </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional wisdom in Europe </li></ul>
  12. 37. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Not to mention energy, greenhouse, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>NZ last to come to party? </li></ul>

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