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  1. michael, 10. July 2020, 17:50

    Totally agree with ICW. The inner-city is now the biggest residential suburb in Wellington and has different requirements and problems from “standard” suburbs. WCC either has not recognised this yet or chooses to ignore it.

    The housing density is extremely concerning as there are many more apartments under development in those areas, which is going to intensify the problem. To matter matters worse, infrastructure such as green spaces and community areas have not been planned along with these developments and this makes the residents even more vulnerable, not only when a disaster occurs, but also for everyday living. I just hope there are councillors out there who are prepared to recognise these problems and do something about it now. No point saying it will be dealt with in the new District Plan as that is years away.

  2. Conor, 11. July 2020, 14:05

    Only doable if suburbs embrace medium density. Otherwise you just cram students and low wage workers into damp old houses which is even worse.

  3. I blame remuera, 11. July 2020, 14:19

    Asian countries do better at controlling COVID than Europe who in turn do better than the U.S. and yet the authors’ conclusion is to blame density. It is disingenuous fear mongering to try and press for such a measure off the back of the tragic circumstances facing the world at the moment. Masks, avoiding unnecessary travel outside the house or apartment, and maintaining appropriate distance in public places are far more effective. Moreover they have worked across countries that have far higher density than anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

  4. Deither, 13. July 2020, 19:28

    immediate action!