A “local zone” in central Christchurch

John Minto writing on the corporate stranglehold in 2016: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/76090400/john-minto-christchurch-rebuild-is-a-corporateled-stranglehold

Solution:

    • Create a local zone in the city centre for Christchurch-based businesses and co-operatives to showcase products and services provided locally. A future which adapts to climate change will require a shift to local production for local consumption. It would also put Canterbury “front and centre” in the rebuild rather than a swathe of bland foreign corporates dominating the cityscape.
    • Steep increases in rates on undeveloped land in Central Christchurch.
    • Revisit the “Share an Idea” outcome for a people’s Christchurch rather than the corporate Christchurch model being driven by the current council.
    • Use undeveloped land in the central city for council-supervised freedom camping.

What would it cost?

    • No cost. The savings from increased rates on undeveloped land would more than cover the costs of providing water and toilets for freedom camping. Freedom campers stay longer and spend more money than transient “5-star” tourists.