Martin van Beynen has a very good column about the pointlessness of the central city tram:

There is very little that is normal about immaculately restored vehicles from early last century plying a route through a broken-down city and offering a service to mostly non-existent people. The sort of normality the tram represents is gone, brutally. I’m not even considering the cost of the resumption, which will be close to $2m.

While he also gets into bagging the Cardboard Cathedral, I haven’t been in yet, so don’t really have an opinion on that. But I do agree with him on the Cathedral, and now that we’re done with the Town Hall, we might be able to focus on that. I think a good compromise between the Greater Christchurch Building Trust and the Anglican Church might be the wooden restoration proposed by Sir Miles Warren, which incorporated the original timber framing proposal.

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