The other day TV1 played a fascinating video from 1982 – 31 years ago – looking at what the potential future of the Auckland Waterfront was.
What surprised me was just how similar it was to either what has happened or is in current plans. In particular:
- That Queens Wharf would become a public space – although I did like the idea suggested of having left all of the sheds there and turning the wharf into a street with shops and hospitality. We could have had the wharf as a really neat precinct.
- That it predicted almost perfectly what would happen at the Viaduct Harbour.
- That the Wynyard Quarter was suggested as a location to redevelop with housing and commercial buildings.
I guess the most disappointing thing about all of this is that despite the ideas, it appears nothing was done for about 15 years and even then improvements only got a push along thanks to us being to host the America’s Cup. I’d be interested to know from some of our older readers of this was the case or if there other things going on in the background that stopped improvements from happening sooner.