In today's newspaper (News, July 25), there was a reference to the fact that the CBD is dying and the council is seeking reasons for the area's demise.
Firstly the parking system now being used is inconvenient, is difficult to navigate, and in my experience the pay machines either do not work and are usually quite a walk away from one's car, so we do not pay and consequently are concerned about being fined for over parking.
This, in my opinion, is a disincentive to shop in the CBD.
Our council has allowed shopping centres to spring up in the suburbs, drawing people away from the CBD.
Then the majority of city shops and buildings are old.
They were old when I came to Rotorua, and that was 70 years ago; they are tired.
The shops in Rotorua Central Mall are quite new, and the banks have all migrated there as well, and the parking is easy.
That is the answer.
Removing the City Focus and replacing it with Te Manawa was not a bright idea.
Certainly one can get a sightline through to the lake except for Eat Streat.
This is because there are few people walking in Tutanekai Street.
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Electric and hydrogen cars
With reference to the letter from Tony Lipanovic ( Letters, July 5 ) regarding electric and hydrogen cars.
Hydrogen cars are being made by almost every car maker in the world including Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, cars and trucks powered by hydrogen are used extensively in the US and have been for some time.
The only reason NZ is so far behind is we do not have any outlets here.
More research and development is being done in hydrogen than electric simply because it is better and cheaper and more sustainable than electric.
I would assume that you have not had your electric vehicle very long - give it another couple of years and we will see if you are still happy with it.
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