Apologies for the lack of posts recently: what with the film festival and Road Works design competition over the weekend, I've been a bit short of blogging time. More on the latter soon, but in the meantime here's a couple of quick notes about the Buckle St area.
Among all the architects, engineers and historians, there was also a presentation from Mt Cook residents. It always seemed a bit strange that moving such a major road closer to a school was proposed in so cavalier a manner, but the locals have done some calculations based upon MfE formulae to conclude that reducing the distance from 40m to 10m would increase pollution at the school by 260%. I think the competition entrants took tunnel or trench options a lot more seriously after hearing that. The Mt Cookers have also set up the Mt Cook Mobilised blog to discuss that and their other concerns (such as the proposed Tasman St supermarket).
Fumes of a different sort were seen rising from the vicinity of Buckle St yesterday morning as an old two storey building in the adjacent Martin Square burnt down. According to the news report, "the building was due to be demolished and replaced by an apartment block." I haven't seen any plans or consent applications for a building there, so does anyone else know more details? It could be relevant to the wider context of the changes along Buckle St.