A darker side of Auckland has emerged since the lockdowns, Stuff reports. Edgy is how some people describe the atmosphere in the CBD these days. At certain times, even frightening. “There needs to be a real drive, by everyone, and with encouragement from council… to get plays, theatre, music shows going again,” said one person. But others say festivals, and more restaurants aren’t the solution, as the pandemic had also exacerbated many of the existing problems around poverty and inequality in Auckland.