CBD Christchurch
CBD Christchurch
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Susan R
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It was a drive by. Scaffolding everywhere.Roads around under construction as well. Enjoyed the mall by the memorial bridge.
Written 26 October 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I was very surprised to see that, some 13 years on, the city of Christchurch is still rebuilding. Many sites are under construction with areas empty and desolate after the 2010 earthquakes. It seems the reason for this is that the authorities are ensuring they strengthen all the foundations before rebuilding on top. Still, it was unexpected for me to be able to evidence the 2010 impact after all these years.
What I liked though is that various murals have been painted by local artists to give a burst of colour and a positive vibe to downtown. The Chalice sculpture also stands as a beacon of hope.
Written 10 June 2023
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Explorer39213711345
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
14 year old son loved the surf at Summer (but did not go in as did not take wetsuit) . Loved food at riverside markets.
Written 3 June 2023
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia8,247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Although Christchurch is still rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake which caused a lot of damage, the CBD retailers were up and running and you couldn’t really tell how severe the damage was until we walked around Cathedral Square.
Written 6 April 2023
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Mara B
Winton, New Zealand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Amazing rebuilding since the earthquakes, walking distance to many dining places & places of interest.
Written 12 February 2020
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David L
San Francisco, CA582 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The central business district of Christchurch remains a work in progress after the 2011 earthquake. Entire blocks remain empty after damaged structures were razed. However, work is underway on several commercial projects and a new convention center. The historic Christchurch Cathedral is labeled a collapse hazard yet its shell stands with large portions missing or badly damaged. It is worthwhile to visit the CBD to understand the impact of a major earthquake and the difficulty to rebuild afterwards.

There is a memorial one should stop to see, called 185 empty white chairs, one each for those who perished. Ship containers are used as braces at some structures to prevent them from collapsing.

Christchurch has a goal to attract 30,000 people to live and work in its CBD. New townhouse developments are now for sale or close to completion. Entire city blocks await development.

Beyond the destruction, the CBD also has a good selection of retailers, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions to draw visitors. There is also a large botanic gardens worth seeing. It's important to support these establishments for the economic stimulus they provide.
Written 1 January 2020
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Openbook
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
To be abused for no good reason by the locals of this city in the square in day light says a lot. Very sad 😳
Written 26 December 2019
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malcolmdmills
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
There is a feeling that your car is seen as an unwanted nuisance in the CBD only tolerated for the revenue it can be stripped of.If you do make it in you are always on edge keeping an eye on your remaining time at parking building or sidewalk and looking out for small electric scooters driven at high speed that come out of nowhere on both road and path .For the locals there is an increasing feeling of alienation as well known stalwarts are renamed in new trendy ways ,our central library has been renamed "Turanga" would be one of a raft of the unused and un remembered by most locals and is a complete mystery to any tourist
Written 23 October 2019
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WorkTravellerJune18
Cootamundra, Australia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
I have visited Christchurch not long after the quake and now a few years later. It is a real please to see the redevelopment occurring and the businesses returning to the CBD. Many historic places have been redone and look amazing. Still a lot to do but go and visit the city. It was a great trip, worth the visit.
Written 3 September 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The societal disruption is apparent; we looked around, saddened by the devastation, and admired the plucky spirit of those who set about the varied tasks before them. Granted, much of it is like taking "baby steps" as the mammoth job looms incredibly large.

In our field of vision, we saw box cars (defensive barriers and visual screens) stacked in front of buildings that still threatened to unload on those walking below, and (of course) the impact on large churches and small little city council chambers (and everything in between) were constant reminders. But still, life goes on. Cars ferry people to and from jobs and shopping as the industrial ant colony adapts to this new reality.

The quakes hit in 2010 and 2011 (the second, an aftershock with as big a punch as the initial). In the aftermath, decisions to rebuild put height limits on buildings; they can no longer exceed 7 stories in height.

The Catholic Church (Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament) will not be rebuilt ... which is a shame. It was a beauty. A surviving statue of the Virgin Mary remains intact, even though it stood in an upper window and was highly vulnerable. Chain link surrounds the decaying structure.

The City commissioned graffiti artists to paint murals in the CBD: the purpose was to cover the destruction an dissuade "taggers" from ugly displays of individuality. The art that resulted is protected by an unwritten code among this part of the artistic (or not) community that doesn't condone trashing another graffiti artist's work.

But they do (and have and most likely, will continue to) tag the living daylights out of all the post-earth quake abandoned buildings and eye sores.

It has been 8 years now and the work continues slowly but thoughtfully, as funding becomes available. Money drives the bus.

Within the CBD is the cardboard church, Latimer Square (with the abstract sculpture of the church tower), a couple of destroyed churches, (but a Cathedral remains standing near the Farmers Market square), and the web of those tiny cracks in buildings portend as big a rebuild problem as the massive fall-downs.

We found it hard to look at the bright side of life (channeling Monty Python's "Life of Brian") when the scars were still so fresh and raw.
Written 26 March 2019
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