Bridie wrote:Ok the word "community" means according to the dictionary, in it's basic sense "all the people living in one district"
Where I was coming from using the word community in the question of housing (west end) is that for the last 20 odd years the rule of thumb has been new housing = private housing = massive profit to housebuilders and the banks and the government.
It has isolated areas and people and made "landlords" out of (some) people who are in it for a quick buck.
It has attributed to families who can't afford the hugely inflated house prices of the last decade to either lie to get run down social housing or to move from pillar to post on private tenancies.
In short it has made the rich richer and the poor poorer and isolted communities. I just wish housing ,in general, hadn't taken this huge step backwards............imo !
The West End I grew up in (1950s and 1960s) was a community. That is no longer the case and it is probably impossible to change this in the foreseeable future. The proposed development of Otago Lane is wholly irrelevant to that discussion.