Small Cities and Transit-Dedicated Streets

It is commonly accepted that most U.S. cities couldn't support transit-only streets. But Wellington, New Zealand is a model any U.S. city could follow, writes Jarrett Walker.
June 24, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Walker explains that Wellington (population 389,000) doesn't have the European density or small streets that naysayers claim are necessary for dedicated transit - but succeeds nonetheless.

He writes:

"Wellington's "Golden Mile," long the core business strip and highrise office district, is now a two-lane, largely bus-only facility, the last bit of which was finished last November. It features generous sidewalks, near-continuous awnings for shelter (a city requirement) and hardly any commercial vacancies."

The comments on Walker's blog debate whether Wellington's streets are wide or narrow, and whether Wellington is actually a small city at all.

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Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011
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