Eco­nom­ics of car-cram­ming

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rob.stock@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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

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