Around the country, residents and officials are grappling with who and what central city areas are for, says The Spinoff. In Auckland, there’s been a particular focus on the state of the city’s main drag, Queen Street, which has been pronounced dead, apocalyptic and a slum. In a guest post, Nancy Mitchelson writes, “this is not the first time that Queen Street has become a touchstone for wider anxieties about the state of our city and the social fabric that binds us, and it is unlikely to be the last.”