Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Not so Grey

Here's a photo of the water feature, near the corner of Grey St and Lambton Quay, that took so long to complete.

What was once just a street intersection now works quite well as a small public space, with trees, benches, sculptures and a cafe.

Grey St is one of the few side streets off Lambton Quay that seems pleasant and alive, partly due to a conscious effort to recognise this as a key link from the Golden Mile to the waterfront, but also due to the closure of this end to vehicles. Jan Gehl's report suggests that more of Lambton Quay's side streets should get the same treatment, making it easier to walk along the Quay while also providing more of these tiny but valuable squares.


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