Our beloved council has before it a recommendation to accept a tender for $135,000 (only 90 per cent above the QS estimate) to demolish the arches in the mall.
We are told this is necessary to prevent hooligans from hiding behind them and jumping out to molest passers-by.
This is plainly nonsense.
The arches are an instantly recognised iconic feature. They distinguish our city from any other in the world – it is a marketing dream symbol.
How stupid can we get?