Auckland: Let’s Talk about Freedom on 22 November!

I’m in Sydney and Melbourne the next two weeks, but sadly have no public events booked.  After that, though, I’ll be in Auckland, New Zealand.

I’m really honored to be invited back to Auckland City Council’s Auckland Conversations series, 5:30-7:00 PM on 22 November.  I’ll talk about “Transport Planning as Freedom Planning.”  Sign up to attend here!  It looks like there will be a livestream here.

The City Council’s website also did a nice little interview of me.

The event will include a panel featuring Jessica Rose from Women in Urbanism Auckland, the City’s senior hearings advisor Eddie Tuiavii, Auckland Transport Manager of Strategic Projects Daniel Newcombe, and my old friend Ludo Campbell-Reid, the head of Auckland’s Design Office and its official Design Champion (great title!)

Auckland has just finished rolling out a new bus network that I helped design back in ’12, and is one of the most exciting cities anywhere for public transport and sustainable urbanism right now.  I’m looking forward to riding some buses there!

2 Responses to Auckland: Let’s Talk about Freedom on 22 November!

  1. Scott Albrecht November 12, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    I was struck by what might seem like a minor comment in the interview: “the regional governments are the right size to solve problems.” As a Canadian looking at some of what goes on in the U.S.A., it seems that the structure of municipalities there is a mess. Ridiculously small sections of an urban area are their own cities: see
    I don’t understand how this is allowed to go on, but the consequences for public transit planning among other things seems dire. Can anyone enlighten me as to how these wonky cities are allowed to form? In Canada, municipalities are created by the provincial government, which has the power to create, divide, or amalgamate them. Hardly a perfect system, but it seems to create appropriately-sized local government.

  2. Dave Milliken November 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time out to meet with us in Sydney. Was really appreciated and a very useful session. Was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to next time.
    Very thought provoking and I hope to include elements in our transport plan, and advocate for better PT freedom across the city.

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