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    Hi from Auckland, New Zealand

    I thought it was a good idea to write a quick note to say Hi - you all seem like a friendly bunch.

    I'm a traffic engineer, but please don't hold that against me - I'm actually a nice guy

    I have my own practice based in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. I'm interested in urban design and making neighbourhoods liveable, and am involved in a reasonable amount of subdivision and centre planning.

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    Welcome from the humid state of Florida! We like traffic people (former transportation planner here).

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    Welcome! Glad you joined us!

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    Welcome!
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Welcome from the Florida panhandle. Put Trail Nazi on ignore.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    There are plenty of transportation types around here. You'll fit right in.

    Greetings and welcome to "Fantasy Island".
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Hmmmm....

    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    Welcome from the Florida panhandle. Put Trail Nazi on ignore.
    Speaking of the Florida Panhandle.....does New Zealand have a "redneck" riviera?

    Welcome from New York....er.....SE Florida......
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    - See more at: http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-ph....r7W02j3S.dpuf

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    Hello from Houston!
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    Hi from central Florida, just north of Disney World!

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State along the Ohio River.

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    Greetings from the north shore of the mighty Ohio River, 607 nautical miles downstream from its source. The sight of a lifetime is to see the mighty beluga jump the Falls of the Ohio. Quite impressive.

    Thanks for registering -- if you bump into JNL, tell her I said "hi!".
    Batter up!

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    welcome
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    Welcome from NW Ohio, on the southwestern edge of Lake Erie, the 4th largest Great Lake, and the shallowest. Our water is not salty, there are no "belugas" (sorry Gedunker), fish are trained to jump in boats, and contrary to popular myth you can see the bottom......if you are on the beach, in about a foot of water.

    Enjoy your walk in Cyburbia.

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    Welcome from the crossing of the Illinois Central and Big Four Railroads

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    Well hello there, another Kiwi at last! I'm Wellington-based and work on crime prevention and community safety issues, and am interested in wider issues of urban planning and design.

    Was in Auckland on Friday... glad to get back to Welly! Have to admit that I don't know Auckland all that well though.

    Welcome aboard! I have learnt a lot from participating in these forums.

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    Hi JNL

    I'm surprised we are the only Kiwi's here - we will have to spread the word a bit.

    Auckland's not that bad once you get to know it

    I'm interested to see the work your team has been doing lately - we could use some more of that.

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    Quote Originally posted by wes
    I'm interested to see the work your team has been doing lately - we could use some more of that.
    Our draft national Crime Prevention through Environmental Design guidelines are open for submissions at the moment - I could send you the details if you like?

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    Huh?

    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    Our draft national Crime Prevention through Environmental Design guidelines are open for submissions at the moment - I could send you the details if you like?
    I don't think of crime when I think New Zealand......what do they steal there? Bubble Gum......?? I mean seriously, how do your murder rates stack up to the Europeans and US?? Other crimes? Can't be that bad.......might be a good topic for a thread......(by someone other than me )
    “The way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers. But, the way of non-violence leads to redemption and the creation of the beloved community.”
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    - See more at: http://www.thekingcenter.org/king-ph....r7W02j3S.dpuf

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    Thanks JNL, already have a copy (via MFE Urban Design Protocol List).

    You'd be surprised how often bubble gum buglaries are reported in the papers! Its a serious problem, but they are making progress on this - they just busted a ring of dentists for a string of buggle gum jobs here in Auckland

    JNL is obviously better placed to talk about our crime stats vs other places, but there is always room for improvement. There are public places I feel uncomfortable in daylight, let alone in the dark, and I'm a guy. For example pedestrian walkways and reserves with no supervision from neighbours or from the street.

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    Welcome from the prairies!

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    Welcome from the south island, Wanaka that is
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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    I mean seriously, how do your murder rates stack up to the Europeans and US?? Other crimes? Can't be that bad.......might be a good topic for a thread......(by someone other than me )
    Things would really be put into perspective if we had some South African planners here.

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    Hello and welcome Wes - part of the second wave in the antipodean takeover of Cyburbia.

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    Quote Originally posted by Trail Nazi
    Welcome from the humid state of Florida! We like traffic people (former transportation planner here).
    Yeah, traffic people are fine here, but New Zealanders.... Well, you should just watch your back.


    Nah, we got nothing but love for the Kiwis. Actually last weekend the wife and I met and hung out with a couple originally from Gore, South Island. Great people.

    Welcome

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