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Kiss your car goodbye at Aurora?

By johnboy - 10 August 2010 28

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The Canberra Times has the fascinating news that the new Aurora development on the Kingston Foreshore is dispensing with private car parking in favour of the ferry service!

Developers of a $50 million mix of cafes and apartments at Kingston Foreshore are promoting pedestrian, electric car and ferry modes of transport rather than car ownership.
An explosion of building over the next two years will result in more than 500 units on the waterfront around Eastlake Parade.

A traffic assessment supporting Aurora says on-site parking will be kept to a minimum to discourage high car ownership.

This reflected a trend for higher density suburbs such as Kingston, where car ownership was lower, and Braddon, where the journey to work was short compared to other ACT suburbs.

Mr Shaw said public car parking would be more widely used than private car parking, which often was locked up and empty.

”The plan is to live here and play here and walk to work. We’re encouraging pedestrians. You know what I’d like to see? I’d love to see a ferry.”

It doesn’t sound like they’ve entirely thought this through.

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Kiss your car goodbye at Aurora?
AG Canberra 3:40 pm 10 Aug 10

do they really think that the people that can affort to buy or rent here will be happy to walk everywhere (or catch a bus)?

‘Sure sir – we can sell you a 3br apartment, but it only has no parking and there are only 20 on street parking spots available……

Good luck.

neanderthalsis 3:34 pm 10 Aug 10

martyo said :

I’m still getting past the website….

“be the first to see it emerge – life emerges by the water” – why the F@#k is the building coming out of the water??

Like the earliest pond sludge to sally forth from the primordial ooze. Hopefully this one won’t survive though.

JessP 3:12 pm 10 Aug 10

martyo – “be the first to see it emerge – life emerges by the water” – why the F@#k is the building coming out of the water??

it emerges from the water because the flood mitigation planning left something to be desired…..

One super wet year and all of the new Kingston will be under water.

martyo 3:08 pm 10 Aug 10

I’m still getting past the website….

“be the first to see it emerge – life emerges by the water” – why the F@#k is the building coming out of the water??

H1NG0 1:21 pm 10 Aug 10

More like they are doing away with car spaces to fit a few more apartments in. This has Stanhope planning written all over it. Disguise it as a green initiative and nobody will notice!

stereo henry 1:10 pm 10 Aug 10

Definitely monorail, I like the way p1 thinks – have you considered running as an MLA?

p1 12:43 pm 10 Aug 10

Braddon Boy said :

Light Rail!!!

Wentworth Av. -> Kings Av. -> Constitution Av. -> Garema Place

Solved.

Nah, Monorail!!

Braddon Boy 12:22 pm 10 Aug 10

Light Rail!!!

Wentworth Av. -> Kings Av. -> Constitution Av. -> Garema Place

Solved.

caf 12:17 pm 10 Aug 10

This is exactly why we have a market economy – the forces of supply and demand will decide whether the space is more efficiently utilised as more accomodation, or parking spots.

gospeedygo 12:15 pm 10 Aug 10

How can you live in a trendy place like that with the status symbol Mercedes? Or does the ‘green cred’ override that?

Erg0 11:58 am 10 Aug 10

Sounds like they’re taking the ACT government approach to encouraging public transport use. I used to walk to work in Barton when I lived in Kingston, but it’s a PITA to get to Civic or Woden on the weekends without a car (unless you enjoy a scenic tour of the ‘burbs every time you catch a bus).

I’d imagine that this would have an impact on the marketability of these places, but I’m sure they’ll find someone to buy them.

Pommy bastard 11:14 am 10 Aug 10

Do “electric cars” not need parking spaces then?

p1 11:12 am 10 Aug 10

Well, it would be walking distance to the train station, so you could go to Queanbeyan on the train.

deye 11:05 am 10 Aug 10

hmm walking to work from Eastlake would be “interesting” for most people.

trevar 10:18 am 10 Aug 10

Just what I’m looking for; a place where I can commute between work and home and never go anywhere else!

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