In April, Christchurch Council revealed its plan for the CBD rebuild following an extensive period of public consultation. The chance to rebuild the CBD of our second-largest city was a once-in-generations opportunity to fit the city for our future challenges. The Council plan had its faults but one of the good aspects was it addressed smart transport. King Gerry ripped it up immediately.
In fact, Brownlee said he was putting transport issues to one side. How mad is that? A CBD is a place that tens of thousands of people travel to each day – how they get there and how they move around once there ought to be an integral part of your design – not thinking about transport when designing a CBD is like building a house without thinking about the hallways, stairs, and doors.
Now, after three months of secrecy since he seized control of the CBD, and a year and a half after the most devastating quake, he’s going to dictate his plan.
What’s the bet it involves a lot of cars, driven on imported oil that currently costs us $8.3b and rising at 10% a year?