Last weekend I attended the Share an Idea expo at the CBS Canterbury Arena. Hundreds of people had thousands of ideas of how we can rebuild our city. Some ideas were good, others maybe not so good, but all were important. Post-it notes were stuck on the wall, pictures were drawn and plastic-block buildings constructed. The guest speakers gave interesting presentations about what they thought the city should look like.
The ideas are split into four categories:
- Life is what keeps the central city vibrant;
- Space is everything that goes into creating the central city;
- Market is all about how to encourage economic activity in our city centre; and
- Move is how we travel to, and around, our central city.
It’s not too late to have your say. To see what has already been suggested, visit the Share an Idea website. Read the suggestions and watch the clips on YouTube. Forms are still available at some libraries and service centers, so you can write down your idea and hand it in, or go online, sign up for the newsletter and have your say.
If you want to read up on some urban design ideas our libraries have some great resources. Try these subject headings: