Zoning politics for the many, not the few

This is a guest post from reader Brendon Harré. It was originally posted on his Medium blog. Part one: The background picture Housing exists in a framework of rules and infrastructure provision. Increasingly around the world this framework is being challenged, as the perception has developed that urban development frameworks are only benefiting the few and are detrimental to both the poor and the middle class.…
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2018 – The year ahead

We made it to 2018. We’re expecting another big year and so with this first post of the year, I’m going to take a look at some of the things we can expect to happen. City Rail Link The city’s biggest transport project will continue to roll on through 2018.…
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How to avoid subsidising sprawl

We are generally supportive of the new government’s direction when it comes to transport, how could we not when many of their key initiatives originally came from us? Furthermore, we’re also supportive of many of their housing initiatives, especially the need to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing in Auckland and looking to build around rapid transit.…
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Auckland’s 80’s Development Boom

The 1980s saw Auckland’s city centre change considerably. It was then that much of Auckland’s architectural history was demolished, with many of the towers that dominate the skyline today sprouting up in their place. Of course some sites, like that of the old Royal Hotel, are still empty to this day.…
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Satellite Cities in the South

The other day we talked about Infrastructure NZ (INZ) calling for a pipeline of projects at their annual conference last week. They also used that conference to release a discussion document calling for satellite city around Paerata. This was picked up by media, such as this report by the Herald on the Sunday.…
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