GROWTH WITHOUT CONGESTION

ELIMINATE PEOPLE'S NEED TO DRIVE
ENABLE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES
DO MORE THAN SOLVE PROBLEMS

 

PLAN B FOR AUCKLAND: PEDESTRIAN-BASED VILLAGETOWN


The Auckland Plan is the strategy to create the world’s most liveable city for one million new people; 400,000 new homes needed.

But Council can't build this city; it can only give permission to the private sector to build it. The private sector is risk aversive. It will build suburbs, high-rise apartments, infill and terrace housing, but these development patterns are not conducive to building communities. They do not make Auckland more liveable.

In this website we present the Auckland VillageTown; a development pattern modelled on the timeless old-European car-free town, but built on the fibre-optic, new-tech economy. It would be conceived as a PPP between Auckland Council and what the Dept of Internal Affairs calls Social Enterprise. When done, it offers Auckland developers a development pattern for liveability.


REINVENTING GROWTH 


  • Growth without congestion (don't drive, use fibre)
  • Growth without pollution (including a low carbon economy)
  • Growth managing its own water (Self-supporting, sustainable internally-owned utilities)
  • Growth that is affordable (afford a home, have a reasonable cost of living)
  • Growth that contributes to Council surpluses, an economic engine, not a net drain
  • Growth that is economically self-supporting, all it asks of government is permission
  • Growth that diversifies NZ's exports to help NZ attain fiscal sustainability
  • Growth that is deeply and truly attractive (people want to live there)
  • Growth that is democratic  (for all, not solely for the comfortable class)
  • Growth that is safe, secure, healthy, for all ages, stages & walks of life
  • Growth that enables youth to become autonomous, self-supporting
  • Growth that reinvents retirement, self-insured infrastructure for ageing
  • Growth that includes personal growth: artistic, intellectual & spiritual
  • Growth that is replicable. : Once proven, it becomes the industry norm
 

Can we have positive urban growth? Growth without congestion, pollution, social degradation, unaffordable housing and other ills that plague Auckland's growth? The answer is yes if we reinvent the core concept of urban life.

We call it VillageTown. It problem-solves and aims higher. Made possible by shifts in technology that redefine the economy. In a world linked by fibre, New Zealand is no longer on the edge. We can thrive if we reinvent growth.

It is a very different way to think about urban growth. It uses time-tested models that were forgotten in the 20th century as cost-externalising (off-loading indirect costs and forcing negative effects to a third party) became the road to profit.

Instead of cost externalising, the VillageTown aligns pecuniary and public interest by enabling the people and communities who will live with the results to be part of the decision-making process. 

Attract head-of-household jobs first. Engage the future villagers from the onset.

Move destinations not people. Home, work, schools, shops, recreation: walk to all. Stop Stupid Driving.

A citizen-owned Civitas Corporation builds, governs, and retains profits to invest in the local economy.

 

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT COMES THROUGH CAPITAL INVESTMENT. ARTIST GUILD HALLS AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH CENTRES BRING IN THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE LIFE VIBRANT.

To Do   2015