High Street as you have never seen it before.
Many visionaries and the enlightened have dreamed about a High Street for people, a place where Auckland’s creative fashionista’s and like-minded can mingle free from the burden of delivery trucks, tradies and narrow pavements. A place where people want to spend their time and their money. A place that is colourful and exciting. A place where we can display our style and culture to the World. Now I have been given that opportunity to experience just such a place and I want more. The High Street Guild – made up of a group of retailers, bars, restaurants and hoteliers who work and live in Auckland’s High St district is dedicated to creating initiatives, happenings and stories that continue our unique culture - have done an amazing job by closing off the street to parking, providing deck chairs and bean bags which has made the area more pedestrian friendly and inviting.
The launch of NZ Fashion Festival kicked off with the return of Viva Presents ‘First Light’ a unique shopping celebration held in the main hub of fashion and in partnership with Auckland’s BIG Little City. On Friday 24th February – High Street, O’Connell Street and the surrounding lanes unveiled their latest 2012 collections on the same day. This ultimate shopping experience celebrated the eclectic yet stylish spirit of High Street. The district was transformed into a vibrant haven for fashion enthusiasts and treated to food and wine, live music and outdoor trading. Designers were in-store to meet customers and present key pieces from their new collections, with the whole district staying open late to join in the celebrations.
Now all we need is for the retail / hospitality tenants in High Street to see the light and for the the Auckland Council to see the potential of removing on-street parking in the area, widening the pavements, adding colourful art works such as the high heel shoes and greening parts of the street. It will change the area for the better and I am sure that more people will be willing to shop and eat there than use it as a transit route only. I have been campaigning for a better High Street for ages now and you are free to read all about it here:
By completing simple tasks such as removing on-street parking (which is currently only being used by delivery trucks and tradesmen vans) and widening footpaths, the district will already feel better and attract people back to the area in their droves. There are more than enough car-park buildings in the area for those who are too scared of using public transport. Let’s get this done and show that we are progressive and not some repressed cretins clinging onto the 20th Century, absolutely petrified of the future.