There is plenty of time to reflect on the various parties and their offerings in the run up to this year's Kiwi election. But with a H/T to a friend, here is something different. An article about Jane Jacobs and her take on city planning.
If politics is about the polis, or city, then how we organise our cities is, well, politics. And that is a lively question in Christchurch where I live, and in other cities, such as Auckland with its housing crisis and Wellington with its post-quake recognition that it has many damaged buildings. Getting city planning right is not easy and one thought I have is whether we have in NZ a sufficiently robust process of critical feedback about such planning. All too often we do things and then, a few years later, rip them up because things haven't worked out as planned.
Postscript: to be quite clear about one possible implication of linking to the above article: nothing is implied, by making the link, one way or t'other about what should happen to our Cathedral in the Square.