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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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arescarti42 12:00 am 13 Aug 10

caf said :

arescarti42 said :

Well that is how it is supposed to happen. Realistically the government puts its nose into everything and distorts and regulates until the market system doesn’t work very well.

Well, if you think that less regulation would mean the developers building more parking spots and less apartments, I think you’d be sorely disappointed. Yes, regulation has been distorting markets outcomes – but it’s been doing so in favour of more parking spaces, not less.

I completely agree with you there, government policies in Australia generally distort the market outcome towards car ownership.

caf 11:50 am 11 Aug 10

arescarti42 said :

Well that is how it is supposed to happen. Realistically the government puts its nose into everything and distorts and regulates until the market system doesn’t work very well.

Well, if you think that less regulation would mean the developers building more parking spots and less apartments, I think you’d be sorely disappointed. Yes, regulation has been distorting markets outcomes – but it’s been doing so in favour of more parking spaces, not less.

p1 11:10 am 11 Aug 10

hax said :

More lame social engineering.

From the price/size of these places I assume they are targeting well of yuppies and Dinks. People who traditionally (in Canberra) can afford a nice car (since in Canberra they are pretty handy).

So, are the developers:

a. Targeting a subset of that group who don’t own a car and would rather not?

b. Trying to convince that group to get rid of their car (presumably so they have more money to spend on a shoddily built shoe box with stainless steel appliances)? or,

c. Simply trying to use as much space for apartments they make a profit on rather then parking they don’t, knowing that will be someone else’s problem in the future.

martyo 10:58 am 11 Aug 10

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_f8aReoZiTqs/TGH00O8bv4I/AAAAAAAAAg4/_UAuSA35GMA/water.jpg

I had to!

JB – how do I do inline images – did not spot in the FAQ 🙂

hax 8:43 am 11 Aug 10

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

..and visitors. lol

More lame social engineering.

“be the first to see it emerge – life emerges by the water”

Interesting. I wonder when this life will open it’s eyes for the first time?

arescarti42 11:23 pm 10 Aug 10

caf said :

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.

Well that is how it is supposed to happen. Realistically the government puts its nose into everything and distorts and regulates until the market system doesn’t work very well.

That’s one of the reasons why Canberra, a city of 350 thousand people ranks higher in terms of housing unaffordability than Las Angeles, a metropolis of 15+ million.

MissChief 10:16 pm 10 Aug 10

But they are only talking about “high cars”, if you have a low car it wont be a problem.

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