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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
  • Number of views: 157
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.


Major events. Kick starters for the quality compact, sustainable city?

  • 17 July 2017
  • Author: Duncan Ecob
  • Number of views: 178
Major events. Kick starters for the quality compact,  sustainable city?

The British and Irish Lions didn't manage to clinch the test series, but it was a close run thing in Auckland on 8 July 2017. The arrival of the 20,000 fans in the city certainly added to the vibrancy and activity of the streets and squares with 'pop-up' fan zones, bars and restaurants adding to the excitement. An indicator of how major events can affect the perception of a city.

Urban Design Fast and Slow

  • 5 July 2017
  • Author: Kester Ko
  • Number of views: 320
Urban Design Fast and Slow
On 12 June the Auckland Mayoral Housing Taskforce released its report to the Mayor. The taskforce is made up of a significant cross section of people from the development sector, including government organisations, professional institutes, developers, banks, real estate agencies, contractors and house builders.
Full report can be downloaded here: 

The report makes recommendations in three key areas:

•         developing at scale, which includes building through the dips
•         unlocking the availability of land with appropriate zoning and infrastructure
•         enabling efficiency and innovation in consenting and risk management.


Massive mixed use regeneration proposed for prime waterfront land half way between the city and the airport

Quiz time. Guess which part of the city is being referred to

  • 20 June 2017
  • Author: Alistair Ray
  • Number of views: 689
Massive mixed use regeneration proposed for prime waterfront land half way between the city and the airport
Almost exactly half-way between the airport and the CBD – less than 10km to each.
Largely flat, or gently sloping, bounded on its southern edge by water, with several kilometres of water frontage (admittedly the water is to the south, but still, any views over water are now regarded as good from a real estate perspective).
An important part of the city’s historic fabric, with part of the site the location for what was once the city’s busiest port and working waterfront. 
Well served by rapid (non-road based) transit.
Also well connected by road, sitting right next to the city’s motorway network, including one of the city’s major water crossings.
Over 100 hectares of relatively low density employment (industrial, service and distribution) that does not really need to be next to the water, or utilises the rapid transit.

Can you guess where it is yet?

Auckland's Midtown Bus Route

Victoria Street Linear Park

  • 1 May 2017
  • Author: Duncan Ecob
  • Number of views: 526
Auckland's Midtown Bus Route
UDF recently responded to the AT consultation on the Mid Town Bus Route which has three options for the routes. 

The UDF response, below, calls for the retention of Victoria Street Linear park as one of the 2012 City Centre Masterplans Transformational Projects, and option 2 met this more clearly than the others.  Others have written about the Linear park most notably Generation Zero and Greater Auckland
and The Stuff



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