This from Auckland's Viaduct development:
'Every weekend at 4am, noise is still at a ridiculous
level from drunken customers, car horns, shouting, screaming and
'It is unreasonable to expect anyone to live in the Quays with this excessive noise.'
'I have been woken up often by the rowdy manner, foul language, throwing
up on public walkways and using the lamp posts and rubbish bins as a
Christchurch has a similar problem. Councils have sought to encourage inner city living over the past 10 years - here is a CCC note from 10 years ago:
Planning policy for the city over the last 30 years has looked to encourage inner city living. There are real benefits to be gained in supporting the commercial activity of the central city. People can live close to work and avoid long distance commuting. It puts people back into the heart of the city, restoring a sense of community, as well as supporting facilities and services existing in the area.
They have duly sought to create these 'real benefits' with mixed results. For one, the sense of community is a mirage. It does unite poeple in opposition to the bars and restaurants around them, but in reality people soon
find out that the noise and lack of parking makes for a lonely
Greater development and a growing population does, however, mean change for the local environment. Much of the existing housing stock is older and design and architectural styles often differ from those of new housing.
Translated: the existing houses must be torn down and replaced with much closer, higher density ones with no green space and no trees.
Townhouses and apartment buildings tend to be larger, closer together and more prominent in the landscape than the older housing stock they replace. With greater building density, issues of design become particularly important, the way buildings look, the way they relate to neighbouring properties and the contrast of old and new.
Thankfully, this problem has been solved. The particular building look that has been chosen is 'ugly'.
[updated to fix typo]