Is building more homes a sinister plot against the poor?

(Before you start reading, see Betteridge’s law of headlines.) The other day, someone pointed me towards an article on Truth-out.org with an amazing click-bait title: “YIMBYs: The ‘alt-right’ darlings of the real estate industry“. For those who are already confused, “YIMBY”, an acronym for “yes-in-my-backyard”, is how some housing advocates describe themselves to indicate that they would like to see more homes built in their cities to make them more affordable for more people.…
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Unlocking Henderson

On Tuesday the Council’s Planning Committee approved Panuku’s “High Level Project Plan” for Henderson. Unlike Onehunga which falls into Panuku’s Transform category, Henderson sits under the Unlock which means they will act as a facilitator to creating development opportunities. Panuku are building on the the work started by the former WCC and have created a vision for Henderson to become an “Urban Eco Centre, enhancing the mauri of the twin streams of Wai o Panuku and Wai Horotiu” The project was brought forward in priority after Auckland Transport confirmed they were moving out of the former Waitakere City Council (WCC) building but there are a number of other reasons Henderson makes a good location to focus on.…
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Sunday Reading 12 February 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. From the Devonport Ferry. If your commute has tourists taking selfies on it then I’d say it’s probably pretty good: Devonport Ferry ©Patrick Reynolds 2017 Here is a clipping from yesterday’s Herald Commercial Property section. It neatly encapsulates the value of sorting out planning restrictions [Unitary Plan] and making high quality Transit investments [City Rail Link], naturally, given the context, through a property value lens:I wouldn’t get too hung up on the salesman’s boosterism in the second paragraph, as the main point is that the only way for tatty low value (in the broadest sense) parts of the city, like the current low rise commercial city fringe, to attract investment and therefore improvement is through value uplift.…
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More jobs in the city centre

However you define Auckland’s “city centre”, it’s been adding jobs rapidly in the last couple of years. Based on a narrow definition – roughly, the area bounded by the motorways – the city centre has hit a new milestone of 100,000 jobs, actually reaching almost 102,000 as at February 2016.…
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50 Years of waiting for an Auckland Rapid Transit system.

Ian Reynolds 1946 by Brian Brake My father, Ian Reynolds 1922-2005, was an architect (as was my mother). He was also a what was then called a Town and Country Planner. After returning from working in England after the war he spent the rest of his career as partner in a big multidisciplinary practice in Auckland (missing the city of his youth: Wellington.…
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