Economics of car-cramming
Four hundred yards from my driveway is the controversial Housing NZ property David Seymour and many of my neighbours are concerned about.
There will be 25 units on the site, which is conveniently located by shops and bus-routes.
One of the arguments raised against this social housing densification (Housing NZ already has places on the site) is that the street is already crammed with cars.
Sure, and who’s fault is that? I live on a big section that’s been split five ways, and now has five houses on it.
When we moved in five years ago, there were ten cars on our wee slice of heaven. Now there’s 17. Our household (two adults, two school age children) only has one car.
We aren’t even in an outer lying suburb. There’s a regular flow of buses running into town. We are well served for amenities; Cinema, shops, tennis clubs (three in a kilometre and a half radius!), schools, cafes, all within walking distance.
Despite all that, we’re