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Will bikes and pedestrians in the same space be an issue?

It is easy to have clear cycle and pedestrian areas in the elevated space. This is a much safer mix than cars/bike/pedestrians.

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Why don’t you ban cars all together?

This is just not realistic in the short term. There will be lots of opportunities for folks living in the central city to get around without the need for a car in a safe convenient way on the bike/walk ways. … Continue reading

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What will happen to vehicular traffic flow? (Trains/buses/cars)

You could look at the elevated garden city as a super cheap way to get an underground set of roads and car parks. Rather than having multi-storeyed car parks you could have the bottom floor of most buildings as car … Continue reading

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How will people get up and down easily?

Pretty much every new building is likely to have a combination of stairs and elevators. For the businesses that want foot traffic (shops/cafes etc) this is a great way to have additional shop window opportunities with people going up and … Continue reading

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Isn’t it going to be horrible in the winter?

Probably nicer than the pre-quake city was – there are still likely to be covered walk ways around shops and buildings on the elevated level. Chch is actually pretty sunny in the winter and it will be a lot lighter … Continue reading

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Won’t the bottom floors be too dark?

Could actually be lighter with fewer high rises – putting gardens on the top of low buildings doesn’t block light. The foot bridges are not likely to make much difference. The buildings could still advertise what is in the shops/cafes … Continue reading

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If there aren’t enough people on street level surely there won’t be enough to be on the top as well?

If we wanted to be bold we would design it so that all foot/bike traffic was designed for the garden level – all shop windows etc on this level. This would have the advantage of pedestrians never needing to worry … Continue reading

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Will there be high enough urban density?

If long term the full four avenues area was 2-4 story linked buildings this would probably be higher urban density than we currently have. If we don’t make the central city at least vaguely interesting then very few people are … Continue reading

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