More Democracy in action...
I hadn't fully realised the Draconian nature of the CCDU's envisioned Chchch CBD retail zone, The Press reports today that:
New quake recovery rules require retail developments to be planned in 7500-square-metre lots, which is about a third of a city block.
A landowner with a site smaller than the required lot size will have to submit a development plan for the surrounding 7500 square metre block to get permission to build on their land.
"City centre landowner Miles Middleton, who owns three small sites in the retail precinct, fears he will not be able to develop a building on his own site independently.
This creates a lot of uncertainty because if everyone can't agree, Cera will step in. If all our sites were on one site we would be quite happy, but we have to deal with lots of neighbours now," he said.
"If one landowner doesn't agree, then the land could be taken away from them. If they do agree, I am not sure about the funding and how it will be done."
nor had I realised just how truly venal and abhorrent some of the current large land title holders are...
Central city landowner Anthony Gough, whose family own about 7500 square metres of land in the precinct, welcomed the new rule.
"If you are a small land holder you will be worried as heck, but if you are a big land holder it doesn't matter a hoot," he said.
"People with small parcels will be worried as they can no longer hold people to ransom. This is so important for Christchurch. To get the city up and running again we have to do something dramatic. It will bring smaller landholders to heel."
Yes, down boy! Oh those little people and enterprises do threaten and clutter up the city don't they? Shame they are usually the things that make enough of a difference to make the city worth visiting, good luck with Alphaville or Stepford...
...what would happen if all the children turned up to class and the teachers continued to teach in their schools as usual...
...maybe a 'management/staff' buyout
- instant community owned charter schools!
As was this group in the Opotiki District in the late 1920s
What's their game, then?
what fabulous chicks!
paging Dr Seuss, please call
at the life drawing ward...
...a council in exile as such.
we even have a surfeit of blasted heaths
'pon which they could meet by starlight
...who believes not reading a document
means it’s contents do not exist
The pryme minster (from Hel in Lensville)
knows well the power of magic wave
and glamoured smile, and
he knows not to read the words
of power and knowledge, lightly
lest they burn his brain
and blight his house of cards
and dismaying demesne...
his dominion is only over the 'do minions'
so our rallying call shall be
Yesterday I noticed what must be advance spin for either asset sales or an upcoming Ayn Rand movie - a plane towing a sign saying 'Money is Good' also posters about town... Did I also see a poster saying 'Money is Bad'?
What is reality?
The word is “juvenannihilation”
A Liddell logic...
In a week when the Ministry of Education can describe closing schools as “rejuvenation”, I no longer expect anything to make sense.
Yeah verily, indeed!
It has sent an 'Alas, through the Looking Class...'
or the the whole thing may just be more of Juvenal's biting social satire coming back to bite us (large parts of him are at the heart of 'rejuvenation') ...
Anyway Trader Key Co is just playing the old 'create-a-big-problem-then-cut-it-back-in-the-face-of-inevitable-outrage-to-more-than-they-could-have-got-by-fair-negotiation' scam, again.
too down, he said cryptically...
The answer I come up with is,
“A change of government”.
I too, have an answer to a change of government
- having cast the characters,
and spun up the angramaphone -
the answer to
a change of government is...
(the very apt descriptive)...
<sfx> drum roll</sfx>
it is after all
the only things
they seem to do now,
make and sell cuts,
disgorge hot air,
I like how well the bunch-of-jokes-and-mockery
followed by analytical-rant format works.
I know, Parliament is almost there...
They need better joke writers though!
(and waaay more intelligent analysis....)
spooky - I'd not heard of Crossfire before, but yesterday I pulled up behind a crossfire car, which I'd never heard of before either (Chrysler/Karmann apparently) - everything is connected!
Flights of fancy...
I love this NAC-on-acid vision of Wellington...
That's a very quaffable looking harbour
- NAC, putting the Port in port city since 1947!