Sunday reading 10 September 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. Before the articles, a brief personal note. My grandma, Mollie Rogan, died on Friday night after a short stay in the hospital. She was 96, and had spent most of those years in Devonport (where her family moved during the 1930s), Milford (where she and my granddad Jim raised a family), and Takapuna (where they moved after the kids moved out).…
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Sunday reading 3 September 2017

Welcome back to Sunday Reading. First, a quick follow-up story. A few weeks ago I posted a funny/tragic story about how the leaders of a Florida transit agency don’t use their own service. It seems Stuff picked up on the idea and did a local version of it- “How do Auckland Transport’s leaders get to work?“.  …
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Sunday reading 27 August 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. This week: Land taxes. In Newsroom, Zbigniew Dumieński and Nicholas Smith put forward the case for a major shakeup of New Zealand’s tax system. Sounds like it could be a very good idea: Unlike any other products of labour (including houses), land is not produced and, therefore, won’t disappear when we tax it.…
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Sunday reading 13 August 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. This week, I’d like to start out with two stories of self-inflicted screwups (by other people). Self-inflicted screwup number one is Australia’s broadband rollout. As Jennifer Hewett sets out in the Australian Financial Review, it’s gone much worse than ours: In September 2009, the Key government in New Zealand announced it would invest in an all-fibre, ultra-fast broadband network.…
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Sunday reading 6 August 2017

Welcome back to Sunday Reading. Here’s a very tragic/funny story from Tampay Bay, Florida where public transport executives are asked if they use the buses they are charged with managing.  Caitlin Johnston and Taylor Telford, “Even transit leaders don’t rely on their own buses“, Tampa Bay Times.…
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Sunday reading 30 July 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. The most important story of the week was the release of the Ministry of Social Development’s new Household Incomes Report, which provides an update on wealth, poverty, and inequality in New Zealand. The report confirms that the housing affordability crisis is at the heart of many worsening social outcomes.…
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Sunday reading 23 July 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. Here are a bunch of housing stories starting with one from the Yale professor Robert W Shiller on the supply constraints responsible for the housing crisis in the States. Robert Shiller, “Why Do Cities Become Unaffordable?“, Project Syndicate.…
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Sunday reading 16 July 2017

Welcome back to Sunday reading. The best thing I’ve read this week was a post on Reddit’s Los Angeles sub-forum that outlined how parking requirements make Los Angeles too expensive. Read the whole thing – it’s a fantastic exposition of the invisible costs of seemingly innocuous rules: EVERYTHING built in LA is defined by parking, whether we like it or not.…
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