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There’s no doubt Taka­puna’s An­zac Car Park is a ‘‘field of dreams’’ but whose dream is the ques­tion. North Shore ward coun­cil­lor Chris Darby must feel a lit­tle like the be­lea­guered Ray Kin­sella of the movie, pur­su­ing his vi­sion with lim­ited com­mu­nity sup­port. It’s good to dream and I like Darby’s sug­ges­tions of an am­phithe­atre, large trees to pic­nic be­neath, or a mul­ti­func­tional sports space. How­ever, in his Spinoff ar­ti­cle, Darby also puts for­ward a ‘‘noir’’ op­tion with tall build­ings cast­ing shad­ows across seg­mented zones. This sounds a lot more like the draw­ings in Panuku’s ‘‘Un­lock Taka­puna Frame­work Plan’’ found at sha­peauck­ where you can also make a sub­mis­sion. Our cover im­age is from that plan and shows the area largely taken up with tall build­ings, with pub­lic space chiefly the ex­ist­ing Pot­ters Park to the chilly south. The plans sug­gest mov­ing the Sun­day Mar­ket to Smales Farm, which stall­hold­ers say is a draughty spot. You have un­til Septem­ber 4 to sub­mit and share your own dreams for the area. - Jodi Yeats

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