CBD is a di­nosaur

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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