Posts by bob daktari

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    feel a bit meh about Little... but also felt that about the choices, the campaign for leader and labour full stop since the election

    Saying that if his party peers allow, Little could be the one to at the least construct a solid united and loyal team. If so that alone makes the result a good one - doubt the others would have the support or unity to do as much

    Good luck to him!

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  • Hard News: The Boom Crash, in reply to Hugh Lucero,

    including where on earth folks get the $ from

    families I would wager are a big part of enabling those with hefty loans and entry level wages to either borrow, or I know a few whose families are collectively building housing portfolios which means the younger members aren't individually required to mortgage their lives for a roof

    Density is a solution of sorts, though prone to very proactive nimbys pushing the concept away from areas that need it most. I fear for the types of buildings developers will throw into the mix - given the shitty apartment buildings that litter the inner city (cheap and designed to maximise initial profit and stuff the long term consequences)

    As a huge aside: On the German way

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/02/02/in-worlds-best-run-economy-home-prices-just-keep-falling-because-thats-what-home-prices-are-supposed-to-do/

    Wouldn't it be great if once NZ followed successful countries instead of emulate the US, Canada, UK, Aus in our market solutions (to pretty much everything)

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 356 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

    what a depressing situation, trees vs car - the odds were so stacked against them... and even more so it seems :(

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  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    just that it’s complex

    Sorry not picking open you Lucy but this is a phrase we see trotted out a lot by our elected leaders and each time I see/hear it I cry bullshit

    Its not a complex issue if there is a will and desire to solve the problem, as already mentioned, but that just isn't the case

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 356 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Sacha,

    Won't be holding my breath on progressive polices nor action on this or many other fronts don't worry

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West,

    only way to maintain some character outside of what house and garden and the investor classes copy as this seasons fashion is to retain what little social housing there is in the suburbs and for new developments including multilevel places to include a percentage of low cost/social housing

    Diverse neighbourhoods are what made these inner suburbs so fun and "cool" - added bonus those whom have done well retain some connection with the lot of the masses, possibly engendering some empathy for those our economy doesn't favour

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen,

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Dastardly Bounder,

    great points

    the thing I've found since moving out of the inner city burbs is a renewed sense of community and lack of pretension. Greeting people as you pass on the street, knowing your neighbours, the sounds of children playing... all the things that quickly disappeared in my Ponsonby & Grey Lynn years as the materialists moved in built fences and disengaged with those around them

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to BenWilson,

    we get cards, personalised hand written letters and the like a few times a week out here in Glen Eden... which if they use the correct fire lighting paper is appreciated

    Not overly surprising as our street since we've moved here has been prone to the buy, lick o paint, bung in rental furniture take photo and sell again syndrome with a few houses changing speculators hands 2 to 3 times in the past year

    I wonder how many houses, Auckland wide, haven't had anyone live in them for years as a consequence

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    bars in many areas are constrained by licensing issues and license trusts - some of the most depressing drinking options avail. are found under the trusts

    Ponsonby is rare in that its main street wasn't and still isn't dominated by the same chain stores many other suburbs are - New Lynn, as an example, could be cool given the transport options... will it, doubtful cause of the soul-less nature of the chainstore centric shopping centre/transport hub. Move away from that and its all big shed retail land - an area for interesting retail/cafes to flourish and spark anything other than a generic consumer culture, hells no

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