Flashback Saturday: If you want more consumption choices, live near lots of other people

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Peter was originally published in March 2015. One of the many reasons that people choose to live in cities is that cities offer variety. As Stu Donovan has argued before, being around more people sometimes seems inconvenient, but it also exposes you to new ideas, new people, and new consumption choices.…
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Flashback Saturday: Proximity and Integration (The Metropolitan Revolution)

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Kent was originally published in May 2014.  Our open, innovative economy increasingly craves proximity and extols integration, which allows knowledge to be transferred easily between, within, and across clusters, firms, workers and supporting institutions, thereby enabling the creation of new ideas that fuel even greater economic activity and growth.…
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Are we there yet?

I’m often still really shocked by some of the attitudes against diversifying the workforce in our urban industries. In July 2018, Manglin Pillay, CEO of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering published this disturbing piece of writing, that clearly demonstrates why we need more women in our urban industries.…
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The Big Questions part one.

What is in New Zealand’s Future? Earlier this year I was asked by Penguin Random to contribute to a book speculating about New Zealand’s future, and now it’s out: There’s a fantastic range of writers/speculators, including Dame Anne Salmond writing brilliantly about the natural world, Rod Oram on Climate Change, Leonie Freeman on housing.…
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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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