FROM THE EDITOR
It’s about time Auckland streets are given back to the people.
For too long cars have had priority over pedestrians in Auckland’s CBD.
A number of streets have been vastly improved in recent years after being pedestrianised. Think Elliot St, Vulcan Lane, Fort St and O’connell St.
These transformations have made them more welcoming places to visit, shop, dine and socialise.
Ironically, O’connell St businesses initially opposed it being turned into a shared space. Then, when cars were blocked from driving down there during a Freyberg Place revamp, they realised just how much better a space is when cars are removed.
Now they’re petitioning for through traffic to be banned permanently.
Great international cities design streets that give priority to pedestrians not private vehicles. While Auckland made some gains in this area there is still a way to go.
High St and Lorne St should be first off the rank followed by the jewel in the crown - Queen St.