Frankton central, snickelways and Service lanes

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Frankton has over two dozen lane-ways leading from somewhere to somewhere else, giving it an urban form that would allow people and vehicles to filter through Frankton village in a way people would see as normal in many pre-1950 city neighbourhoods and in many modern European cities. 


The Christchurch Lanes Design Guide, suggests

“The improvement of existing lanes and creation of new ones provides access to previously inaccessible and undeveloped internal parts of Central City blocks, creating greater development opportunities and value. They provide more frontage space within blocks that can be utilised and inhabited by a diverse range of activities,”

“Lanes are unique and complex places within cities that are discovered over time and herald an ‘alternative place’. They are industrial, gritty and often dark, but add vitality and interest to the Town.”

“Increasing the number of possible linkages into and out of a lane provides more choice of routes and reduces travel distances, making the lanes network easier to access and service.”

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Laneways and alleys have not fared well in auto-centric city centres. Their place and the freedom of movement they offer have gradually been curtailed. Frankton’s lanes still exist, and it is an asset that other town centres are now beginning to show off as a point of difference.


The city of Amsterdam Foto Amsterdam Blindekatersteeg

The city of York Snickelways of York



5 comments on “Frankton central, snickelways and Service lanes

  1. Casabella Lane in the Hamilton CBD is another example. With all of the demolition that has been going on around the CBD, surely we can get some more laneways and break up some of the larger blocks which greatly increase walking distances for many journeys.

  2. A pity one of the legacies of V8 is the fence separating Frankton from its station and, beyond that, the lake.

    • Frankton is like a fortified town. Fencing and rail on south/west sides, dehumanising 4 lane road on northern side, some tolerance for humans on Lake Rd. Very much a town centre not seeing local access for local people as important as catering for out of area people, who can drive to any shopping centre in Hamilton.

  3. “Laneways and alleys have not fared well in auto-centric city centres”

    They haven’t – but Melbourne shows that when there’s an interest in preserving or celebrating them, laneways and alleys can become a key feature of what makes a city centre an interesting place to visit.

  4. I am see the different here in Germany, older towns or city centres rebuilt to the original lot sizes, we tend to spend hours walking the small blocks, shopping in the small shops or sitting in the main square watching people doing the same.
    Visiting Kassel a few times now, this city has been built to suit big brand shopping, people shop in the city centre, then level.

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