Posts by Lilith __

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  • Hard News: A long way yet, in reply to Hebe,

    the new CBD has no place for the little people like we ratepayers. It will be all Louis Vuitton franchises, McDonalds, and shiny multinational bullshit.

    ...who will all go broke and close down their stores unless locals shop there. Why would we go to town for the same old crap we can get in the suburbs? The CBD needs to be a destination, and it will only be that if the unique local businesses and niche shops get supported into the new city.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A long way yet, in reply to Hebe,

    It seems bad manners to document the death of other people’s dreams.

    I understand both the impulse to record and the impulse not to. I'm not sure red-zoned folk and their circumstances are better served by their being invisible. How can people in other places understand what's going on if they can't see it?

    Would we remember the Dustbowl Drought without Dorothea Lange?

    Documentation does serve a purpose.

    But context matters too. Perhaps the best possible thing would be to give some red-zoned people the gear and the forum to explain and record their own circumstances.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A long way yet, in reply to Alice Ronald,

    our toilets still work, it’s just that the wall may fall on us

    Toilets of Damocles! Oh dear.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City, in reply to Hebe,

    Otherwise it’s take it or have it taken.

    There is always the option of making a big fuss and hoping the media supports you. Would CERA back down if faced with enough public outrage? They might.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    If I had property in the affected area, that would not inspire confidence.

    Well quite. But Gerry already got pulled up by the Courts.

    His powers are not actually boundless.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A long way yet,

    I don't know how many people saw my pics of the Parekowhai bulls a couple of weeks back, but I think you can see in these pictures how delighted folks have been to have some awesome things in the CBD.

    We don't need perfect new buildings just now. We're used to bad roads and detours and piles of rubble. What we need is things that are worth going to the city to see and do. We've been so starved of reasons to go out. We need more events and shows and happenings. And we need time to thrash out the detail of the new CBD. We're all so tired and fun-deprived.

    If the community doesn't come together in the CBD then it's pointless having one.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A long way yet,

    As I’ve probably said in other threads, CERA seems to have given no thought to allowing short-to-medium-term solutions in the CBD: pop-up premises that are “temporary” but which could work for several years while bigger projects are worked out and built. “Temporary” destinations will keep the CBD alive; turning it into one big building site will kill it dead.

    Chch people have adapted to never knowing where businesses and facilities will be from one quake to the next. We go to what’s open, wherever it is. And all sorts of creative and wonderful projects are flowering in vacant spaces. CERA should be encouraging this organic and community-driven process and making themselves a part of it. We’re paying their goddamn wages.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    The release yesterday of the blueprint for the rebuild of Christchurch's central business district is great news for Christchurch, it's going to be a world class city to live and work in. However personally and professionally this writer (Antony Ellis, co-owner of NZ Fine Prints) is bitterly disappointed that our perfectly ok to rebuild on CBD land that has been the home of New Zealand Fine Prints for nearly fifty years is going to be taken from my family by the council to be part of the green frame to the east of the new smaller CBD. Our plans to rebuild the largest specialist art print gallery in NZ are now replaced instead by, wait for it, a lawn.

    That is shitty. I wouldn't say it's a done deal, though.

    Property lawyer Hamish Grant, of Anthony Harper, said there was "big uncertainty" about the processes, and owners should not take Cera's word "as gospel".

    "Case law says the Government has to act responsibly, and if there's doubt the law will come down in favour of the property owner. In my view, they [Cera] should have to play by those rules."

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    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand, in reply to Leigh Russell,

    the spring light certainly does show up the need for it!

    There's a solution for that! Keep the curtains drawn. :-)

    Kidding.

    We had hailstorms in the night, but today is another improbably gorgeous one. I've got all the doors open.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand, in reply to Russell Brown,

    New Brighton, on a sparkling spring Sunday

    Doesn’t it look nice!! You picked a good weekend to come down. :-)

    The sky seems so big at Brighton on a clear day. The perfect place to fly kites.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3410 posts Report Reply

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