When the Canterbury A&P and the Canterbury Sale Yards Coy moved out to a combined facility at Wigram the City was left with two valuable centrally located opportunities for development.
The A&P oval with its grandstands continued as the Rugby League HQ with residential development surrounding.
The old saleyards site across Deans Av fron Hagley park has deteriorated into a wasteland as plans for development have foundered on argument and planning failures.
15 years on the remaining structures are an art gallery of graffiti while the yard areas grow weeds and look bloody awful. Thankfully Blenheim Rd has been diverted to go onto Moorehouse Avenue leaving the mess somewhat out of sight.
In the aftermath of the quakes it is being suggested as a solution for the beginning of the rebuild of the CBD and with the massive re-development of adjacent Railway land into retail, the idea has merit.