Christchurch is rooted

Someone has to say it. Bowl the CBD, decentralise and move on. There is no need in this day and age for a CBD. The only people who want those are politicians and bureaucrats.


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  • Cam,

    It’s already happening. Down in the South, we have a pile of people who have had enough of Chch and have moved to Dunedin to get central city infrastructure. It’s cheaper to buy, cheaper to build, and probably warmer in winter.

    From what I’m told, provincial towns in the South Island are experiencing similar events.

    Many businesses just require access to a port and the internet. They don’t need to be in a place where it is expensive to live: but people generally need some kind of support structure — the equivalent of Bloggers Drinks. A town of 100 000 can provide this and absorb a 50% increase in population fairly easily. Rebuilding a city of 400 000 on unstable rubble is simply stupid.

  • Deputydog

    Looking at this clip brings me to tears. My home town is sure rooted and many of those buildings still standing will be a vacant lot in 6 months.

    its going to take many years before life can get back to normal.

    I am soooo tempted to cross the ditch and try and start a new life.

  • Ben

    Cam you forgot to mention one thing in this post?
    Build a huge big [what ever other word you like to insert here] highway.

  • simon f

    Thank you for posting this video, Mr Slater. I had not seen it. It is a very distressing sight, and I find it almost impossible to reconcile this view of the city with the one which I enjoyed whilst I worked in the CBD during the summer which, for me, seems years rather than months ago.

    I do wonder, however, whether there might still be some merit in retaining a CBD in some form or other. Most developed cities have one and ‘decentralization’ for all its apparent benefits, carries efficiency costs of its own which are perhaps best evinced by the increased costs associated with the transport of goods and services from one ‘pocket’ of the city to another. If everyone worked in the high tech, innovative service sector and from the comfort of, or close to, their own home, this would not present terribly much of a problem. It is, however, one thing to wish for and encourage this state of affairs and quite another to speak as if it has already arrived. A CBD of sorts tends to provide opportunities for those who function as primary producers to secure gainful employment and so I think it something that ought to be retained, although I shall leave the question of how and in what form to others to decide.

    Auckland is probably New Zealand’s most ‘sprawling’ city, although whether this is, in fact, a cause for the celebration of vibrant diversity or regret at the apparent absence of central planning will largely depend on what you think of its present arrangement.

  • MrV

    No disrespect for the crews operating at the moment and doing their best, but why are we not seriously pulling finger for this?
    I was shocked at the hostility toward the idea of bringing in skilled Irish or American workers who have heaps of umemployed construction workers from their respective booms. Surely we could pair them up to train young NZers as apprentices and get some skills transfer going.

    Posted this suggestion on the Labour party blog, and got no constructive comments whatsoever – too busy debating peak oil. Sad.