well meaning meddling, waffly, “other people” have set up a site called Re-imagine Christchurch. The only problem is that it has been infiltrated by even more meddling, waffly tree hugging, pinko fools that want to spend screeds of other peoples money on pet projects like the arts, public transport and other useless stuff that won’t actually help Christchurch get back to work.
What Christchurch actually needs is:
More roads, better parking no heritage buildings that could kill people by falling over, more telecommuting with better high speed broadband, politicians that understand cost, and cost benefit, and that someone has to pay for everything, no subsidy for public transport, user pays for cultural heritage, no subsidies for the arts until everyone has sewerage working,not just long drops or chemical toilets.
There is bugger all point in having ballet if you have to crap in your backyard.
Inevitably Christchurch is going to spread out. The inner city is rooted. Much of the land can’t be built on again. This means that no-one will be able to go to work in the CBD for months, so all the businesses will spread out to the city fringe. There they will discover this means better parking, less traffic and decide that with modern communications you don’t need to see people face to face very often.
So the big service providers and head offices will move out of the CBD, and therefore there will then be no point in having public transport because people will be going all over the place rather than to a central location. This won’t be temporary, they will all discover that they don’t need to meet face to face any more because they can use modern communications methods like telephones, Skype and other innovations to talk to people and do business. They will achieve a lot
more, and they won’t need a city centre to do it.