Story: City public spaces

Matamata’s wide streets

Matamata’s wide streets

Some towns were laid out with extra-wide streets to meet expected growth. When this failed to eventuate, street centres or verges were often planted to make attractive public spaces. This is the main street (Broadway) in Matamata in 1954. Its centre had been grassed and planted with trees, providing a welcome resting place for at least two residents (bottom right).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
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Geoffrey Rice, 'City public spaces - Streets, avenues and pedestrian spaces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2020)

Story by Geoffrey Rice, published 11 Mar 2010