Massey University – Assoc. Professor – Shore (NZCSC)
Intensification, housing affordability and families: learning from the Auckland CBD
Housing and transport costs are key factors that influence the residential location choices made by families, and they explain the rapid increase in the number of children living in cramped apartments in the Auckland CDB. But while such apartments offer advantages of affordability and convenience there are downsides for children and their parents living in dwellings, complexes and neighbourhoods not designed to meet their needs. To be socially sustainable for a diverse range of household types residential intensification needs long term planning. Housing in the Auckland
CBD is an example of laissez-faire planning, raising questions about its social sustainability.