It’s slow progress in Christchurch with the demolition and rebuild, but each time I go there and have a look around, it’s changed a little. Life must still be quite difficult for many people, with damaged streets, broken houses and financial difficulties.
What’s amazing is the awesome display of human creativity. Here’s a quick tour around the city centre.
There are lots of temporary pocket parks all across the centre. Here’s a
Department of Conservation park for kids:
Temporary vegetable garden:
Another pocket park -note the mural in the background:
And another one of many – Christchurch must be the global capital of murals at the moment:
Temporary art installation and a lonely tall building still standing:
Even fencing is used as a canvas for creativity:
With most of the buildings gone, unexpected views of the surrounding hills have opened up:
While slow, there’s evidence that the rebuild has started. Here’s New Regent St restored:
And that’s the first brand new building that I’ve seen: