It started with a hiss and a roar, the collective efforts of MARA, the community, the business association, the local board and others to drive for an upgrade to our village to not only provide a hub to rival neighbouring suburbs but to allow our local businesses to flourish.
When Auckland Transport chair Lester Levy told a Mt Albert audience back in May that he hadn’t been happy with the way the village upgrade was handled, there was a feeling things would get better.
If the officers of Auckland Transport were up for election rather than a weekly pay cheque, perhaps they might devote more energy to resolving the imperfections of the village traffic flow.
What rights do we have when Housing New Zealand decides to shoehorn a development into a site that just isn’t big enough for it to fit and comply with planning rules?
As the queues remain and the rat-runs through side streets grow, a solution to the major east-west flow problems at the village lights may be staring us in the face.
What a lovely community we have in Mt Albert – how many times have you heard that? At the village upgrade ceremony last weekend, even Jacinda Ardern was telling us we were something special.
It can be hard to love Auckland Transport, and anyone working there needs very thick skin.
Most mornings as I ride on my exercycle I watch television. UKTV is the station of choice and The Bill is a favourite.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s recent announcement that the Government plans to build between 3,000 and 4,000 new homes on a site in Auckland’s Mt Albert had many people reaching for their calculators. Could it be right, and is it even possible, that a new residential neighbourhood could be built to a density of between 100 and 133 units a hectare?
How will the Government’s plans to develop the Unitec site at Mt Albert look once the build is over? Urban designer Matthew Prasad casts a critical eye over the project. [This article first appeared on the The Spinoff website and is published here with the permission of the author.] OPINION: It’s been only a…
Nothing quite like a bit of nostalgia and a line of slogans to sell a political plan, and there was plenty on show at the Government’s unveiling of the vast Unitec residential development.
So here we are, just a week or two away from the end of the village upgrade project, and along comes a bit of news that is as welcome as an eliminated slip lane or right-hand turn.