A recent visit to Dunedin revealed a city centre in fine shape. Note only does the CBD contain a rich collection of heritage buildings, but the tree planting in oaks, limes and London planes also contributes to the dense texture.
The Dunedin CBD links nicely to the more open townscapes of the university precinct, providing picturesque vistas that are quite timeless – in particular the Leith Stream and the open green areas beside the highly decorative university buildings. Add to this tapestry the new life in the warehouse precinct and one enjoys an urban experience unique within New Zealand.
In a similar vein, during its more active period the Timaru Beautifying Society provided energy in improving the fringes of the Timaru CBD. Of note are both the initiative and the fundraising for the Tranquillity sculpture beside the public library, the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden, and the tree planting of Hilton Highway. Indeed Hilton Highway stands out as not only a robust enhancement of what was an unattractive commercial strip, but also an example of achievement by an activist group against considerable opposition.
The Timaru CBD has been greatly enhanced by such simple measures as Tranquillity and the surrounding oriental planes, and the American ashes through the town centre. Perhaps the Civic Trust can promote and in fact provide further tree planting to the fringes – The Terrace is one such street that comes to mind.
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