See the city different

The lines blur between inner-city living and the spirit of a suburban community.

“Get a job in the city, get an apartment, and traffic jams are a thing of the past. Spend the evening at one of hundreds of restaurants. Shows and cinemas abound. Events are on all the time. Your time will be spent enjoying yourself, not maintaining a property you don't utilise anyway.” 

Jack Tame was positively glowing in an editorial in the Herald on Sunday last month about the joys of apartment living and for good reason. 

Living in an urban setting conjures up all sorts of images, the buzz and noise of city life, funky New York lofts or beautifully designed apartments with views of the city. 

One image that doesn’t often leap to mind  is a neighbourhood with sprawling green spaces that are centred on a safe, tight knit community. The common perception is you can’t have both the convenience of living in the central city, and the attributes that suburban living brings. 

That view is changing. On his recent visit to Auckland, former Vancouver planner, Brent Toderian, pointed out that there’s no reason why we can’t take all the good bits about living in the suburbs and pull them into the city. 

Good examples of living in the city already exist in inner-city suburbs like Freemans Bay, Kingsland, Ponsonby and Mt Eden. Those neighbourhoods have cafes, shops, parks and playgrounds that become an extension of people’s homes and create vibrant and diverse communities. 

The same style of living will soon be offered one step closer to the city itself. With the opening up of Wynyard Quarter in 2011 including Silo Park, North Wharf and Karanga Plaza, large open spaces were provided for visitors and workers in the area to enjoy and make the most of the authentic and beautiful waterfront setting. 

Now with the latest plans, the opportunity has been created for a new choice in inner city living that pulls in the best of suburban living, the open spaces and sense of community to shift the paradigm of inner city living in Auckland.

Creating spaces that kids love has often been identified as a key to the success of neighbourhoods – new and old. In Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront Auckland  has created places like the Daldy Street Park with its water play and slide tanks to complement the already hugely popular playground, reflection pool (used as a paddling pool in summer) and basketball courts next to Silo Park.   

These spaces are already bringing people together and creating a waterfront community, before the first apartment is even built.

Guest blog post by Waterfront Auckland General Manager of Development, Rod Marler