this will never be the new old Ponsonby
there will be compensations like better dumplings, different conversations, new groupings
Its called CHANGE
And it should get better, otherwise what the fuck are we doing?.
I was recently mildly shocked to discover that La-Z-Boys are something of a cult item with people around a decade younger than me.
True Bro. Next thing you know is they've built an extension and a deck on the house in Point Chev, got their own TV show and are complaining about a rates increase.
Jeez, they'll be shouting at kids to get off their damned lawn next and telling everybody that will listen that the neighbourhood is going to the dogs.
PHEW WHAT A SCORCHER!!!
Temperatures soar into the 20s
Every blood August...
there goes my rates bill up 10%.
There's always Ranui ;-)
a renewed sense of community and lack of pretension. Greeting people as you pass on the street, knowing your neighbours,
the sounds of children
3 outa 4 ain't bad.
Seriously though, when we moved "out" to Mt Roskill it was an eye opener in that regard. It was a bit like how I remember Ponsonby Road, a community. Now I shudder every time I get north of K' Road into the heaving bosom of the Nouveau Riche and the home of Mike Hosking, what a wanker.
ASB has not always been a privately held business
Someone, no doubt, will correct me if I am wrong but wasn't having an account at a trust bank a proviso for getting a mortgage years back, a bit like the old British "Building Societies"?
Elm St is a pretty primo location in Avondale
I had an estate agent door-knocking, hoping to sell my Avondale place and suggesting I move to Ranui.
Sounds like a Nightmare...... :-O
Myself and a lot of people I know who flatted in Grey Lynn or Ponsonby in the 90's have gone on to be successful enough to now buy in the area.
If success is an overpriced house in an under resourced city with a growing underclass then I guess you and yours have hit the big time. But if you believe, as I do, that success is not a personal achievement but a social one then the wealth you have accumulated is actually something to feel a little guilty about. Every dollar you have is a dollar a child could be fed and clothed with and somewhere a little girl, or boy, waits......
and why Epsom
Because... Epsom voted to get ACT into Parliament so National could smash the RMA
making it possible for developers to build ugly high rise slums, so Epsom it is.