No 'sterile precincts', please

Last updated 12:59 25/12/2013
Avon River Precinct artists impression

VISION: Major works for the $85m precinct will begin in the new year.

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OPINION: We've asked our readers to give us their vision for Christchurch. Murray Stewart shares his view.

Please, let's not have any sterile precincts that close at 5pm and go dark, dead and dangerous each and every night.

We need lively mixed-use squares, blocks and quadrants, where people - citizens, visitors and tourists - can engage right round the clock.

Look at the US with its dead inner cities full of financial precincts, legal precincts and government precincts, all of which are empty, dark and dangerous after business hours, precisely when most locals and their families have the time to come to their inner city. Sex workers have taken over these precincts.

Look at old cities around Europe in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. There are mixed-use blocks, round-the-clock occupancy, variety, safety, and LIFE.

Observe centrally planned towns and cities such as Brasilia and Canberra, or even Twizel and Hakataramea, where a fundamental thing such as old people trying to cross ridiculously wide roads is a problem.

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