City lacks a heart

Auckland City Harbour News - - LETTERS -

With all the plans be­ing con­sid­ered for re­vi­tal­is­ing the cen­tral city in Auck­land, there re­mains the is­sue of the cen­tral city lack­ing a heart, a cen­tral draw­card.

In re­cent decades the cen­tral city has changed sig­nif­i­cantly from the mem­o­ries and at­trac­tions that once drew many peo­ple and fam­i­lies into the city from all over Auck­land.

One of th­ese at­trac­tions for decades for fam­i­lies was trav­el­ling in by train and bus to the Farm­ers Trad­ing Com­pany’s iconic store in Hob­son St, the largest de­part­ment store in the coun­try.

With the likely re­de­vel­op­ment of the Down­town shop­ping cen­tre site in con­junc­tion with the pro­posed City Rail Link project, con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to build­ing a replica of the orig­i­nal Farm­ers store build­ing on the down­town site, com­plete with rooftop play­ground.

Do­ing this would pro­vide the cen­tral city with a dis­tinctly Kiwi icon which will at­tract peo­ple and fam­i­lies back into the city, in a much eas­ier to ac­cess lo­ca­tion op­po­site Brit­o­mart.

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