Downtown Auckland fell deathly quiet during the pandemic lockdowns, Stuff reports. Now, the lessons from that time should direct how the CBD and wider city develops from here, argues Garth Falconer – an urban designer, the director of Reset Urban Design, and author of Living in Paradox (2015). The post-industrial urban form that has been emerging worldwide over the last 40 years is clearly that of a polycentric city, supported by multiple centres. However, there continues to be huge investment and concentration of traffic funnelled into the centre of Auckland.