Story: City planning

Proposed civic centre (1st of 2)

Proposed civic centre

The lack of a civic centre in Wellington as a focal point for public life led planners and architects to design one. Here deputy mayor Helene Ritchie shows a 1987 plan for a proposed civic centre on Mercer Street (behind her). It was an early exercise in urban design – the plan aimed to create a space that would attract people and enhance city life. In the end a revised scheme was built and opened in 1992.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1987/4733/18
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Ben Schrader, 'City planning - Planning renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 26 Mar 2015