Auckland Anniversary Day and the lack of real public transport, house affordability, better civic planning and run away sprawl drives home the problem that for 176 years, Auckland has not been given the infrastructure it has needed.
We have a Government who has no interest of solving the housing affordability crisis because the property bubble is what is keeping GDP from crashing. Public Transport is increasingly becoming gentrified and the poverty and inequality that grips vast tracks of the city simply grow unchecked.
That a Casino is the defining feature of our skyline is nothing to be proud of.
To be fair, there are corners of wonder. A central city that has a real culture and interesting night life, a City Council dedicated to creating free art and events and a thriving theatre and comedy scene.
There is also the beautiful harbour.
But these are exceptions, not the rule. Auckland has the gift of luck, not civic leadership.
Auckland represents 176 years of neglect built with all the vision of a blind cyclops.