Wellington’s founders believed central city land was too valuable for public use, so they failed to provide parks or reserves. Since the 1960s the city council has been trying to correct this by establishing more green spaces. Midland Park, formerly the site of the Midland Hotel on Lambton Quay, is one of the most successful. On sunny days it is flooded with office workers chatting and eating their lunch. The Astoria café is a popular (unofficial) meeting place for public servants.
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