The New Street.
There has been so little criticism of
the proposal to carry a new street from Gloucester street to Armagh street that public approval must be taken for granted. The feeling of most people no doubt is that anything that will divert traffic from Cathedral square will be of service to the City, though it will be a pity if the construction of this narrow thoroughfare through the Colosseum interferes with the much bolder proposal brought forward some time ago by Mr George Gould of a full chain diagonal street from Manchester street to Colombo street. Narrow shopping streets are by no means common in Christchurch, and have not in the past received much encouragement from the civic authorities, and it will be interesting to follow the fortunes of what is really a new phase of City development. The City Council has given the project its approval and the Public Works Department has agreed to recommend the issue of the necessary Order-in-Council provided that certain conditions are observed relating to the construction and height of the proposed buildings and the provision of access, rear and lateral. If the present experiment proves a success, it will probably lead to the lodging of other applications for a like authority, so that the principal business and
shopping blocks of the City may become herring-boned with new narrow thoroughfares laid out with the primary object of increasing the length of frontage to any given area. This may bring about some results not yet fully considered, and may easily lead to an altogether abnormal congestion of traffic in the principal streets surrounding these gridironed blocks. It is very important therefore that the lessons of the present experiment should not be thrown away, and it is a little surprising that so little notice has been taken of what has already been rlrmn
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The New Street., Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 19847, 7 February 1930
The New Street. Press, Volume LXVI, Issue 19847, 7 February 1930
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