Auckland’s downtown devastation has been silent and corrosive since the arrival in the country of the first case of Covid-19 in February 2020, Stuff reports, with economic street life squeezed by closed borders and a string of lockdowns spanning 18 months. There are hopes the supercity can learn from Christchurch’s struggle back to life, after it was crippled by the Februarly 2011 earthquakes. However, Auckland council’s planning chair Chris Darby is frustrated that while the council is good at building things, the wider discussion about how to enliven the city is not happening.