Small Cities and Transit-Dedicated Streets
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.
"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.