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Expert hails Newcastle revitalisation plans

Posted about 6 hours ago

An urban policy professor says Newcastle’s revitalisation plans means the inner-city is on track to ensuring Hunter Street is restored to its heyday of 100 years ago.

Future Cities Collaborative founder, Professor Ed Blakely, yesterday addressed Newcastle councillors and said the city’s catalyst projects would be the light rail system, new courthouse and university campus.

Council’s vision calls for the $510 million light rail system to loop through Pacific Park in the east, and travel back through Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall to the west.

Professor Blakely said he was impressed by the proposal.

“The vision is good, the direction is good, now we need to know what’s going to happen with light rail,” he said. 

“Will it be dual running? If so, where and how?

“Cities are living organisms and you build those communities that are lasting and interesting and I think you’re on course to do that and bring Hunter Street back to what it was 100 years ago.”

Professor Blakely said the planned light rail system, combined with a new courthouse and university buildings, would be the catalyst for significant revitalisation in the city.

“The most important principle that you have in revitalisation is taking advantage of public domain,” he said. 

“The second most important thing is magnet location — the places where people want to be seen. 

“And the third is anchor institutions — you have the university and you have the courts.” 

Topics: urban-development-and-planningnewcastle-2300