CBD is a dinosaur
I agree with aspects of what Trevor Campbell says (January 13) about the city centre revitalisation. However, times have changed and people like Trevor, who have been singing the same tune for more than a decade, need to change the CD.
His business, McDonald’s, went to a better location to increase patronage and many other types of retail he referred to are now in malls or don’t exist.
The present CBD is a dinosaur and no longer suits today’s environment.
We have lost businesses like McDonald’s and New Zealand Post because of earthquake issues and commercial decisions.
The easiest game in town is to lay the blame at the council’s feet, but the council can’t do the impossible.
I’m prepared to step up as a councillor and say that we will use the limited ratepayer resources we have to set a better environment for retail, food and residential growth in the city centre.
Unless building owners, businesses and developers see Porirua as a place to invest, nothing will change. The council can’t do it alone.
The removal of the Canopies will be another step towards bringing positive change.