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, but only if we reinvent the core concept of urban life.
We call it VillageTown. It problem-solves and aims higher. It is possible because of shifts in technology are redefining the economy. In a world linked by fibre, New Zealand is no longer on the edge. We can thrive, but only 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.
The VillageTown concept does the opposite of cost externalising as it aligns the pecuniary and public interest by enabling the people and communities who will live with the results to be integrally involved with 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.