The Australian-based facilitator for the August 13 City Centre upgrade consultation with resident association members was clearly floundering when he discovered that the city council had failed to regularly consult with the associations.
Instead of being able to develop a neat package of recommendations as to what ‘‘ the community’’ wanted in the final design, the association representatives were questioning the whole notion of a city centre, where was it located, and who was to benefit from an upgrade.
The concept of a city centre as being the heart of the city drew on historic European models which clustered around a cathedral and markets. In Porirua’s case the closest centre to fit this model is Cannons Creek. The existing Central Business District, located at the southern end of the city, is spread over a wide area and not restricted to the area under the canopies.
The owners of property and businesses, many of which are