Recently saw this great documentary on how Portland has evolved to a better living Mecca. http://www.pbs.org/e2/episodes/311_portland_a_sense_of_place_excerpt.html
Good on you Portland! And shame on you Auckland City Council, the only developments I have seen lately that match this type of drive are private ventures.
Get off your arse and start thinking what the city needs to be 20 years from now.
If anyone has a link to the full documentary - chuck it in the comments below.
More reading here about Portland and its improvements.