City lacks a heart
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.