Hamilton central 1990 vs 2000: Parking & Pedestrians

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Photos in this post are from the Old Hamilton Facebook page, [Words in square brackets are references to sources; e.g. year of pedestrian survey report and page number]

The 1990 annual pedestrian survey (Library ref 711.74099334 ANN) page 4

“The parking areas in the city play a large part in determining pedestrian movements and shopping. Both the Centre-place and Farmers shopping areas have a parking building close at hand, each with over 600 spaces. The effect of the underground car-park has been to reinforce shopping in the Garden Place area.”

“In summary through it seems that pedestrianisation in much of the central city has been gradually declining.” [1990 p5]

In 1990 “the Riverbank mall had the highest eastside count for all of Victoria Street” [1991 p4]

(‘Riverbank Mall which was originally established in 1979’) “Observations showed … count at the Riverbank mall was in effect “double counting” – many people move to and from the Mall area (including Trust-bank Waikato) without travelling further south along Victoria Street” [1990 p12]

In 1992 “the library was still in place and functioning at the date of this survey, however plans would indicate that at some stage during the year the Library is likely to shift to Garden Place” [1992 p4] and a “count outside the Fox & Hounds Tavern was taken before the buses shifted”[1992 p10]

Development between 1992 and 1993. [1993 p10]

  1. Redevelopment of Victoria Street with aesthetic enhancement and throttling of vehicle traffic.
  2. Completion of The Warehouse new premises.
  3. Relocation of the Public Library to Garden Place and demolition of the old library
  4. The establishment of the new Bus Depot at the north-western corner of Ward Street
  5. The new car-park at Alma Street including the development of the walk-through to Victoria Street over the old Regent Cinema site
  6. Further retail development in Barton Street

“The pedestrian traffic at the Fox & Hounds has improved significantly, a factor which was anticipated in the previous survey reflecting the establishment of the Theatre complex, Tavern and Bus Depot.” [1993 p11]

The Garden Place environment has been enhanced since 1993 [1994 p10] and on 16/7/94 K Mart was opened [1994 p10]. The Downtown Plaza Development was completed between 1994 and 1995 [1995 p12].

The Bank of New Zealand in Victoria Street was demolished in 1996 [Ann McEwan]

In 1998 the BNZ development on Victoria Street was completed [1998 p12] and in 1999 The Tainui Novotel Hotel was also completed and became operational [1999 p12]

‘Many reasons for Hamilton’s hollow core’ by Colin Jenkins – From 1994 annual pedestrian survey (Library ref 711.74099334 ANN)

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