Auckland CBD businesses say foot traffic returning strongly to city centre, but crime still an issuePosted by On

Bridges was not yet fully convinced the city had bounced back.

“A lot of reasons for optimism, but safety, antisocial behaviour, the infrastructure transport issue, these are some of the things that still need to be resolved for a truly significant comeback.”

Acting area commander Grae Anderson said police anticipated more people coming back to the city.

“We are still seeing excessive alcohol consumption as a common factor amongst these reports, particularly near bars and other entertainment venues.”

On the streets, pedestrians were happy with the city’s changes – but some were left desiring more.

“We like the changes,” said one woman returning from her new Sydney home. “One thing we do notice though is the traffic – unbelievable.”

“It’s really bloody amazing compared what it used to be,” said another, who has been a local for more than 20 years.


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