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Fixing traffic congestion

Opinion
Issue date: 
Fri 9 Jun 2017

By Simon Wilson | Auckland editor

Bright Spots

Opinion
Issue date: 
Thu 11 May 2017
Finally, some good news about traffic in Auckland. Simon Wilson sings the praises of the new spots in Shortland St. Credit where it’s due. The council has put big beige spots on Shortland St at the intersections with High St and O’Connell St and it’s all kinds of wonderful.

Here’s a totally mainstream idea: let’s take the cars out of Auckland’s central city

Opinion
Issue date: 
Tue 4 Apr 2017
Look at us Kiwis, a bunch of risk-taking, rule-bending, fresh-thinking suck-it-and-see adventurers, right? Who wouldn’t want to be one? So if we really do think that’s who we are, how come our transport planning isn’t keeping up with the ideas now transforming the cities of the world? Not radical ideas, just orthodox planning ideas. Like: banning cars from the middle of town.

Goff is headed for his first major defeat, and it's over the bed tax

Opinion
Issue date: 
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Simon Wilson weighs in on Phil Goff and the bed tax proposal.

In the city at the edge of everything: we launch The Spinoff Auckland

Opinion
Issue date: 
Tue 7 Mar 2017
Read more about the launch of The Spinoff Auckland, proudly supported by Heart of the City.

Why does government want to push a new expressway through Auckland without proving the need?

Opinion
Issue date: 
Tue 7 Mar 2017
How come there’s still no publicly available business case for the government’s next big transport priority in Auckland – the East-West expressway that will cut Onehunga off from the foreshore? Simon Wilson reports from Council.