Bypassing the truth
How sweet. The competition to name the Inner City "Bypass" has been won by Te Aro School, with the name "Karo" Drive. Apparently, "The K represents the kids, Aro their school. Karo is also a small native New Zealand tree that produces sweetly scented red flowers in Spring and grows very well in Wellington". Maybe it's just me, but I don't usually associate "sweetly scented red flowers" with a bloody great arterial road that's been shoved through a city neighbourhood.
The press release goes on: "The selection of the name by a school close to the area in which the bypass is situated was purely coincidental, and we are delighted that it has turned out this way," Mayor Prendergast says. "Te Aro School is an integral part of the community surrounding the bypass and the selection of a name submitted by that school is a tribute to them and their community". I love that phrase, "the community surrounding the bypass", which implies that heavily-trafficed roads form the centres of communities, rather than ripping them apart.
Remember how we were always told that "the bypass isn't a motorway ... It will be ... two lanes wide"? Well, the section of the bypass to be named "Karo Drive" will cover the blocks from Cuba to Willis St, and according to the official map it will actually be three lanes wide for most of its length, widening to four at the approach to Victoria Street. Victoria Street is also being widened to three lanes right now at the intersection of Abel Smith Street. Every time some idiot complains about our "anti-car" council, they should contemplate the amount of asphalt that this community will find itself surrounding.