Smoother roads, new parks, no more demolition, lots of construction work, homes repaired, pockets of normality, but plenty of empty land in the city centre.
Welcome to Christchurch in February 2016.
Today marks the passing of 1000 days since the September 2010 earthquake.
But what will the next 1000 days hold and how will our city look at the end of it?
In the picture above, there is a drop down menu on the top right... select a category and you can see the progress made.
Still so much to do. The inner city seems desolate, but good to see so many buildings underway and so many great bars and restaurants opening.
We have had a few more aftershocks recently, so we are still aware of the risks. It is so easy to get complacent. but they certainly remind you. I visited a friend in the red zone by the Avon River recently; another hard hitting reminder of the state of the houses that people are still living in as they wait for insurance settlements, or new houses to be built. I commented on the pipe running along in front of the houses, assuming ( always a mistake) that it was to drain the ground water. No. It is their source of water. 1000 days later.
Poppy has never known life without earthquakes. She was born in September 2010 not long after the first after the big one.
She doesn't seem bothered about approaching her 1000th day.