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Working well, cities are engines of economic prosperity

Auckland is not the ‘engine of prosperity’ it should be

  • 10 August 2017
  • Author: Graeme Scott
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Working well, cities are engines of economic prosperity
Last week’s result of the study by NZIER into the cost of Auckland’s traffic congestion brings into focus the economic impact of choices we make about the physical form of our city.  It is good to see the congestion issue now being framed as limiting the productivity of the city, rather than as just an inconvenience to be tolerated as the price of living in Auckland.

Auckland’s productivity is low when we compare ourselves to other cities that, at least on the surface, look and feel a bit like us – Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver for example.  This affects our standard of living and reduces the amount of money available to implement public works that could make Auckland much more liveable.

 

Better Urban Planning?

  • 24 May 2017
  • Author: Graeme Scott
  • Number of views: 467
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Better Urban Planning?
Not everyone loves cities.  This from travel writer Paul Theroux: “Cities look like monstrous cemeteries to me, the buildings like brooding tombstones.  I feel lonely and lost in the litup necropolis, nauseated by the traffic fumes, disgusted by the food smells, puzzled by the faces and the banal frenzy.”

I was reminded of this by a letter to the Herald a couple of months ago.  The writer complained about the new houses springing up around Auckland looking like over-scale sentry boxes pushed together, edging along streets barely spacious enough for cars, let alone decent sized trees. 

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