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Rail surges Government under performs It is that time again when Greater Auckland release the monthly transit figures for Auckland. I am continued to be impressed with the growth … Continue reading Rail Up 20.6%. To Exceed Government Target By Next Month (August)
Throw the case out and start again? As the East West Link Board of Inquiry continues it seems a rather piece of damning revelation has come out from the … Continue reading NZTA Caught Telling Porkies over the East West Link? NZTA Used Inaccurate Visuals In Consent for EWL
What do residents have preferences for Yesterday in Amenities and Residential Development. What Goes Missing When Planning? I wrote: A question often asked in the real world as well as Cities Skylines: How … Continue reading Amenities and Residential Development. What Goes Missing When Planning? Part Two
Amenities and urban development. Simple right? Anything but! So how does a City simulator offer some tips? This crossover post with Ben’s Cities offers a cursory glance at amenities and residential developments.
A question often asked
A question often asked in the real world as well as Cities Skylines: How to upscale your residential area – that is how to trigger intensification or how to get a new residential area started.
This is a crossover post with my Talking Southern Auckland blog on amenities and residential areas. Amenities or rather facilities, services, conveniences, comforts and creature comforts are things we all need but things we often forget about when it comes to residential planning. Specifically when a residential area has been upzoned for intensification or a new residential laid down (Greenfield) what encourages their developments.
The question above gets asked in the Cities Skylines forums as players struggle to achieve their aim of a new residential area or an existing residential area upgrading to a more intense and more wealthy one. That struggle can apply to a real life City as well.
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Unitary Plan got one part right, Council needs to do its part in enforcing it Office parks are known to a symbol of everything wrong with modern planning. Single … Continue reading Auckland and NZ Planning System Not Nimble Enough. Return of the Office Park
Lessons from 2014 and 2015 still not being learnt Yes I penned together an opinion piece for the Auckland community papers (Western Leader, Manukau Courier etc) on why the … Continue reading Housing, Jobs, Special Housing Areas, Infrastructure and Dumb Planning. A Redux!
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