February 12, 2012

The changing face of Christchurch - Colombo St




Thanks to Deb Donnell (http://canterburyquake.cafereflections.com/) for posting this picture on facebook showing the progress of just one intersection in the city. A scene that has been repeated endlessly all over the grid layout of our criss-cross intersections, but wanted to post it as a reminder to those from outside Christchurch just what is happening to our inner city.
Yes it looks desolate and different - safe, sanitised, and probably even dull. But just up that road a little way, on the right is a great Indian restaurant - Himalayas. http://www.himalayas.co.nz/
And further up on the left is a motel - run by Jeff and Naomi - who weathered the cordons and have been mentioned in Lonely Planet as a great place to stay - http://www.centrepointoncolombo.co.nz/
You can follow Jeff on Fb, Twitter or his blog - http://centrepointoncolombomotel.blogspot.co.nz/
The other fb and twitter links are all on that page too...
Some of the places have now been demolished - on the left corner, one of our favourite coffee shops, Metro, has recently reopened on Papanui Rd and further up at the next intersection, the old Strawberry Fare restaurant has now reopened on Bealey Ave....
So although it is hard to see these desolate looking pictures, I can also see the positives - the people and businesses are carrying on beyond the spaces. We may have lost buildings, but we haven't lost all the people and we need to support them, spread the word and let them carry on doing what they did, and still do, so well.

9 comments:

  1. I just can't imagone how awful that must have been for you, and how heartbreaking it must be to see all that is familiar and dear to you in ruins.

    Life goes on though, and hopefully you have those you love around you.

    SP

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    1. That I certainly do - makes life bearable and staves off PTSD.... :)

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  2. Fi, these are exactly the kind of photos I want. I hope someone (maybe Deb) is going to publish a book of before, during, and after photos of buildings and streetscapes. They help to remind us of what was, is, and may be.

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    1. try https://picasaweb.google.com/RossBeckerNZ for his wonderful Albums Ruth.....

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  3. It's good to know that there are positive things coming out of the destruction and heartbreak. I still find the images hard to comprehend though.

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  4. Those pictures stopped me in my tracks. It is difficult to comprehend the utter transformation and the new reality. Thanks for the post.

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  5. No wonder navigation around the city is getting so confusing - so many of the landmarks are vanishing.

    Thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to Deb's book!

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  6. So dai, in the losses, but so wonderful in the nature of people to get up and continue on. God bless.

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  7. So "dai"? I have no idea where that came from. So sad, is what I tried to type.

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