Joel Cayford: We’re on the road to nowhere – NZ Herald News


The Wynyard Quarter in Auckland, New Zealand. From nzherald.co.nz.

Apparently, the US isn’t the only place where the government is spending more money on roads than on cities. Joel Cayford says in this post that New Zealand needs to shift the focus of its funding. The country is putting a lot of money into “roads of national significance,” and the people of Auckland are clamoring for a convention center and upgraded cruise ship terminal. Cayford argues that the reason these things haven’t emerged on their own, and the reason Kiwis are leaving for Australia, is “because Auckland has not been a great place to visit.” Instead of putting so much funding into roads, he argues for urban infrastructure, like the above Wynyard Quarter, which “would trigger more commercial building development, an increase in skilled employment opportunities, the creation of urban environments attractive to skilled Kiwis and international visitors, and make medium-density housing desirable.”

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