### ODT Online Mon, 4 Oct 2010
Opinion: Let’s talk about how the city is changing
By James Green
The new stadium, debt, water privatisation and fruit trees are some of the issues for the Dunedin election this year. However, we should also be talking about the changes to the structure of Dunedin itself that could prove to be greater challenges in time.
Dunedin grew by 4000 people between 1996 and 2006, but the Census data shows three profound changes in how people in Dunedin were living:
– “Student ghetto” intensification
– Rural and Taieri drift
– Suburban decline
What is the solution? Dunedin is an amazing and very liveable city. However, serious thought should be given to changing the zoning rules.
● Dr James Green is a researcher at the University of Otago.
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