Friday, August 11, 2006
At the top of Trafalgar Street is Nelson Cathedral (Anglican). And the Cathedral Steps are as important as the cathedral itself: protests, celebrations, lunches/dates, and caroling take place here, and marches often start or finish here.
Many moons ago, a town planner in England drew a plan for Nelson, New Zealand. He envisioned a city built around a grand cathedral with Trafalgar Street streching towards the sea to the north, and towards ... whatever to the south. Immigrants thanked the man (it would have been a man, wouldn't it?), boarded a ship, arrived here, and started to build the city according to plan. Except Nelson is hilly. So the Cathedral looks grand atop a hill, and the steps are convenient, but that was the end of the plan. If you look at this map, you can still see the plan, but Trafalgar Street South is a quiet residential area in a mild incline.
I will look for names and dates to substantiate this story, but it is one of the first every new arrival is told.
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