And it’s about time someone had the guts to state the obvious: There’s a metric fuckton of barely sub-textual Yellow Peril racism. If nothing else, certain councillors should cash a reality check on both their demographic and what fretting about “tacky shoeboxes” and “over-development alien to the Kiwi lifestyle” sounds like to a non-trivial number of Aucklanders.
And I suspect it’s not just the “Yellow Peril” either. It wouldn’t surprise me if they also think high-density means a busload of Jake the Musses move in next door.
The countryside beckons if they want a pseudo-lifestyle block. Or better still, a 1-way trip to the Sunshine Coast – that way they’ll have done their civic duty.
Do they actually believe what they’re saying? It honestly seems hard to credit. Dick Quax, an Act Party member, campaigning against property rights? George Wood was instrumental in some of the proposals he campaigns against. And Cameron Brewer admits in the excellent cover story of the new Metro magazine that new town centre rules “give people a lot more choice.”
Goes to show that all property rights are equal, but some property rights are more equal than others. Cr Quax, Cr Anderson et al seem to see the Unitary Plan as a threat to their quarter-acre cartel, a recipe for the Bronxification of AKL, or both.
And I had a quick check - I did it so you don't have to - of the profile of yet another vocal UP opponent and Pavletichian ultra-suburbanist, Andrew Atkin aka "1 part in 125" on the Granny Web. He likes the Daily Mail on FB, and his blog posts suggest he's a Theodore Dalrymple-level misanthrope who favours big-stick population control and thinks 1984 is a training manual. If it wasn't so deadly serious it'd be farcical.
On the other side of the picket fence, the forum-goers at Skyscrapercity.com have been coming in to bat for the UP. Including myself.
Art is just such an ambiguous word. Mabe it is the “death of Wellington” and all that implys is what the golden age of art illustrates. Personally, I am enjoying quiet of an economic downturn.
Depends on where the boundary is drawn. There's peace & quiet, and then there's sleepy & boring.
a small typo, but it’s all fixed now…
see: New Zealand’s Tory project,
that’s what they meant, and why it’s funded…
Makes ya wonder what we’ve been telling people up till now…
Or for extra doubleplusgood: Project for a New Aotearoan Century.
More than half of NZ's population has lived in cities for over a century now, despite the rural myth we continue with.
Downshifting to Hamilton, or sprawling to Hamilton? Draw your own conclusion.
Tories can’t do numbers? How many of the swingers can they severely piss off and win in 2014?
I was thinking more that the situation mirrors that of America - the Democrats' support core is in the big metros, while the Republicans dominate the suburbs and rural areas. And we could be headed for the same bitter divide.
So, how are we supposed to make any kind of change?
Once again, the Black Triangle Campaign in Britain provides a template.
Mentioned in passing on Stuff. The Granny was a bit better, but not headline stuff.
Stop Press: Govt slammed over censored caregiver legislation
this government is ideologically opposed to plans.
Unless of course, the plan involves effectively raising the barriers to entry to full participation in society. Just like a cartel from a high school economics textbook.