There are many metrics that tell the story of Covid-19’s devastating impact on Auckland’s city centre. Foot traffic fell a whopping 95%, while reports of crime in the central city have risen by 36%. Its residential population reportedly fell by 20,000 thanks to an exodus of students. In a four-day series, the NZ Herald is investigating what’s being debated for the future of Auckland’s city centre and how it can recover from years under Covid’s thumb.