Like so many people I know, I feel absolutely gutted, ripped open to know a city we took for granted is no more; yes it is still a beautiful city and new magic can grow, but the particular city, the particular tone and colour and wrinkles and smiles of this Christchurch we knew. That now lives fully only in photos and in many thousand hearts.
I enclose random photos of the texture of Christchurch before September 4th 2010 and, even more so, before February 22nd 2011. Most of the buildings shown are gone, one or two others may yet by miracle survive (parts of the city are still no-go or restricted entry as at 19 April 2011). Photos shown here aren't necessarily of any special heritage buildings; and certainly not photos of professional quality. These are snapshots of our masonary family.Some buildings are down right mundane and/or can be found in almost any urban setting, we value what we love, that's life.
Goodbye old familiar faces and friends. We move on, a new city awaits. But we never forget.
Note; This blog page does not include photos of buildings seriously wounded, bleeding or collapsed in utter dismay. We've got enough of that elsewhere!
Lower High Street - under repair following September 2010 Quake
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Both the prominent buildings in this photo collapsed completely in Feb 22 Quake
with loss of life
Lower Manchester Street, munted in September, mauled on Boxing Day, dead and demolished by Feb 22nd
Ross Becker has taken some recent (July 2011) photos of the demolitions going on in central Christchurch
and kindly made them available to all, here
Despite extensive strengthening - disintegrated in Feb22nd maelstrom (note missing cap from
September 4th huge - felt over much of NZ - but not so frenzied as Feb 22nd)