No bright lights for Auckland … no. no !
I am still laughing, not sure if it is from disbelief and/or the stupidity of it all. Who would have thought that it would be so difficult to install one big-screen at Aotea Square – the drama, the in-fighting, the intrigue – it is an embarrassment to say the least. Of course the usual cut-my-wrist-the-end-of-the-world-is-nigh Auckland brigade got involved (you guessed it – Brian Rudman, The New Zealand Herald, The Aucklander etc.) and would like nothing more to see auckland remain as dull as it currently is. I would have thought that we got rid of the rusty and crusty fraternity but it would seem that they are still alive and well in the media. Clawing their way back for one last stand, fighting to kill joy !
Looking back at photographs of Auckland during the 1940′s/1950′s, one can’t help think that we have regressed and lost our sense of vibrancy and most importantly – fun. The Auckland Council likes to throw the word “vibrant” around as if it will eventually brainwash us and that we would begin thinking that our downtown streets are in actual fact vibrant, well they are not. The Auckland Council’s version of vibrant is very worrying and we are left with no option but to think that they are so narrow-minded and conservative that they have forgotten the true meaning of joy, light and colour. Their version of vibrant is a one-fits all pattern of paving – vibrant grey of course, black or brown public seating with a touch of vibrancy, no flower beds/boxes – Nikau Palms are vibrant enough, dull Lanes that only get dressed up for special occasions due to the fact that the other days are vibrant enough and now we shall have a soulless square with no additional dressings – why do you ask ? …. silly boys and girls, Aotea Square is bursting with vibrancy !
To add to our woes, the residents in the area don’t want a big-screen near them because of the noise levels – what ? If you are so against noise levels, why oh why are you living in the city centre and not on some lifestyle block out in the countryside ? It is like walking into a bar, sitting down and telling the barman that you hate alcohol and all those who consume it. Are we the city of sails or are we the city of village idiots ? The latter would seem to be more appropriate. Why are we even entertaining this notion ? If you want to live in the city centre then best be prepared for noise, welcome to the 21st Century. It is idiots like these (who are in the minority I might add) who hold us and this city to ransom. Politicians and/or councillors who support them are just as stupid – if not even dumber. This is the 21st Century and cities all across the planet are filling voids with big-screen televisions which help create vibrant squares and streets. The question is not whether or not we should have one, the question is why are we still waiting ?
P.S. Eye on Auckland proposes that the area at the intersection of Queen, Rutland and Wakefield Streets should become Auckland’s version of Time’s Square – a throbbing heart full of light, moving images and colour. Watch this space.