An idea whose time has come.

The Market Town is a natural bubble large enough to keep the economy working while protecting public health

The lockdown exposed how vulnerable our NZ development patterns have made our economy. To stop the spread of the virus, we had to isolate people. Stop work, stop school, stop shopping. This is because our developments are transport based. Coming out the other end, the worst thing we could do would be to resume building based on such a deeply flawed development pattern. 

A Market Town is a much older development pattern that is human-scaled, and by design provides a larger bubble that has multiple barriers to protect public health while enabling the economy to function normally.