Flashback Saturday: How transport policy affects location choice

Each weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Stu was first published in September 2017. When we talk about transport, it’s natural for our minds to focus on moving people from A to B. That is, we tend to think about how to meet the demand for travel between locations, assuming that the demand for being in those locations is unaffected by the transport policies that we implement.…
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Flashback Saturday: Alain Bertaud in Auckland

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in September 2014. Back in July former World Bank urban planner Alain Bertaud and his wife Marie-Agnes, a fellow professional in the field, came down to New Zealand at the invitation of the NZ Initiative and the Minister of Finance’s office to deliver a series of talks on urban economics.…
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Flashback Saturday: Downtown – Little Queen Street

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Patrick was originally published in June 2014. This is a quick post on the Downtown site. Precinct Properties, the owner of the Mall and the two existing towers [Zurich Hse + HSBC Building] between Lower Queen St and Lower Albert St, are expected to lodge a resource consent in a couple of months for a total rebuild of this site.…
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Flashback Saturday: Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Kent was first published in October 2014. Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship between conservative Americans and cities.…
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Flashback Saturday: How the AWHC is a waste of $5.3 billion

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Matt was originally published in June 2014. Last week there was some renewed debate over the merits of the Additional Waitemata Harbour Crossing (AWHC) project, due to former Local Government Minister Michael Bassett suggesting it should start nearly immediately and made a lot more sense than the City Rail Link.…
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Flashback Saturday – Location Affordability in New Zealand cities

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in July 2014. Several weeks ago I attended the annual New Zealand Association of Economists conference in Auckland. Geoff Cooper, Auckland Council’s Chief Economist, had organised several sessions on urban issues, and as a result there was a lot of excellent discussion of urban issues and Auckland’s housing market.…
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