View of Auckland is Expanding its Scope
Yes, yes I know folks, VOAKL has only just come through one set of upgrades only to go through another so quickly.
I keep regular tabs on Macro Business Super Blog and New Geography with their excellent commentary in international business, economic, political and urban design/development affairs. Often those two sites provide backgrounds to some of the articles I write here in VOAKL and share with others across the internet.
NewGeography.com is a joint venture of Joel Kotkin and Praxis Strategy Group based out of the USA that provides commentary and analyse on demographics, geography, business, politics and all things urban/transport design/development/management.
Check out the ABOUT page to find out more about New Geography dot com
Macro Business is a affectionately known as super blog site with several bloggers commenting and providing analysis that the NZ Herald Business Section and The NBR don’t quite do well here in NZ. I can safely say to our Business Herald and NBR readers that Macro Business is a perfect supplement for your business, economic and political news from Australia and around the world (especially for those keeping an eye on China). Most often stuff that happens in Australia and is mentioned at Macro Business will have a direct translation here in NZ. Well worth a read – and you get to comment with others too.
However I’ll let you read the ABOUT page and find out for yourself.
So over the next week I will be doing some minor changes to VOAKL as I add in some new pages and features that will include titbits from these two sites for your reading pleasure.
VOAKL – Views of an average ratepayer in Auckland – now expanding his scope and vision to the world around him
The upgrade and expansion is complete with dual indexes covering New Geography and Macro Business. What I am also going to do is trial a twice weekly Round-Up style post of some articles at Macro-Business here at VOAKL. This trial is looking seeing whether I expand the scope of VOAKL or undertake a new venture with the Blog and cover a range of issues rather than Auckland Council and everything that stems out of it.
Basically I am looking at extending VOAKL’s scope from Auckland Council, Planning and Transport affairs and issues to a more global scope in; governance, economics, planning (urban and transport), and design (urban and again transport). With myself drawing on international pieces to provide commentary and comparison on “issues of an average Auckland Ratepayer about Auckland (itself)” (a.k.a Auckland urban/transport planning/design/management/governance and finances), I thought it would be time to widen the scope somewhat and look at international commentary and analysis on similar issues. However if the trial is deemed unsuccessful VOAKL will revert back to its founding focus on just “issues on Auckland.”
Will see how it goes at the end of the month shall we?