READER REPORT:

Christchurch needs a heart

VIRGINIA WRIGHT
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2013
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HEART OF THE CITY: Cathedral Square, in Christchurch.

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We asked Stuff readers to share their vision for post-quake Christchurch. To find out more about this assignment, click on the green button below.

I hope our city will have large green spaces where we can walk, rest and play where they continue to plant and maintain flowers and plantings.

Cycle tracks are needed, too.

I hope buildings will stay fairly low-rise and that there will be some variation from the square ones going up.

Positive social housing mixed with other housing and 'squares' with a shared green space in the middle would be helpful for building a sense of community.

I also want us to keep and incorporate our heritage buildings (the few that remain) into the rebuild. We need our history and can link it with the future.

I hope the Anglican Cathedral will incorporate some of the 'ruins' into its rebuild and I hope Cathedral Square will be developed into a new heart of the city. We need a heart.

I also hope there will be a place for our Re:Start, it symbolises so much and $1 million is a drop in the bucket to keep it.

Big is not always better, so let's have city with 'villages' within it. 

A health hub and emergency services hub sounds sensible, but beware of hubs for everything. We don't want to have to come into the city for all sport, etc.

Good luck to us all, and may we develop with beauty, function and community in mind.


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