Legalising perimeter block housing

One of the paradoxes of planning reform that legalises the development of more housing in established urban areas is that it typically makes it easy to build like this:While still making it difficult to build like traditional perimeter block housing like this:Even from the Google Maps view, you can see that there are some important differences between the first built form, which is in Royal Oak, Auckland, and the second, which in Prague.…
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Reviewing the OECD’s economic review

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the ‘rich countries club’, conducts an economic survey of its members. They just published their latest (2017) edition for New Zealand, which makes for some interesting reading. While the OECD’s reviews reflect its own views about what’s going right and wrong in its members’ economies, it sends staff to check out things on the ground.…
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