The name ‘sticky streets’ so succinctly describes streets that encourage you to linger.
Streets that aren’t just transport routes for moving people and vehicles through as quickly as possible but places for people, where you're constantly enticed to slow down, stop and linger to enjoy the public life around you.
Internationally more and more ‘sticky streets’ are appearing, with moveable furniture, street performances and public art. Together these elements get strangers chatting, create memorable experiences and are the perfect environment for one of my all-time favorite hobbies – people watching.
Here in Auckland they are less common. At Waterfront Auckland we have a huge opportunity with Daldy Street - a new street that will connect Victoria Park in the south with the further Headland Park in the north - to make it so sticky that you will never want to leave.
Stage one was completed in November last year and features wide rolling lawns and communal seating. Already we are encouraging people to see this street differently and spend time here rather than just pass through - our famous public piano has found a home here and we are encouraging local workers to participate in hula hooping and games workshops.
Currently under construction is the northern edge of the street, bordered by the bustling activity and smell of fish and chips from Auckland Fish Market.
The southern portion will feature Wynyard Common – a new intimate neighbourhood park currently being designed, that will then be a hop, skip and a jump away from one of our more traditional parks, Victoria Park.
Eventually much of Daldy Street will be surrounded by residential and commercial buildings, it will feature retail and hospitality offerings and we can’t wait to see the way the locals make the street their own.
You will be just as stuck on Daldy street as we are.
The concept of ‘sticky streets’ came to us via a post by Brent Toderian in Plantiezien. Previously Vancouver BCs Chief Planner he now heads up Toderian UrbanWorks, advising and collaborating with many international cites on urban design and planning. For the full post CLICK HERE.
JESS CURNOW, Senior Communications and Marketing Advisor.
As the social media guru for the organisation, she is always busy tweeting, posting, snapping, and looking for interesting tidbits. Jess’s greatest challenge is getting the rest of the organisation to be as active on social media as she is.
This was orginally posted on www.waterfrontauckland.co.nz