Thursday, May 3, 2012

Is My Crack Showing? Madras St South Reopened & CERA's Green Frame

Sun 29.04.12. Fifteen months post 22.02.11 quake, Madras St south reopened between Tuam St & Cashel St. Madras St south from Moorhouse Ave to Tuam St had been open for many months post Feb 22 quake, as there was minimal damage to the CPIT tech & countdown supermarket by Moorhouse Ave.

A mural near Madras St countdown showed 2 workmen joking:

Workman 1: "Is my crack showing?"
Workman 2: "Don't be silly!"

Image, quake damaged Madras St:


03.04.12. Mural near countdown, Madras St

There were many post quake cracks in Christchurch - physical, social, emotional, mental, Council & CERA muddling.

Thurs afternoon, 03.04.12. I was curious to see Poplar St, trapped between Lichfield St & Tuam St & running parallel to Madras St. Pre quakes, Jake had flatted at Poplar Mews, Poplar St. Post 04.09.10 quake, Poplar St was intact & I'd snapped pubs & boutique shops there. They were all gone since, CERA demolished.

01.08.12. CERA announced that an L shaped, Green Frame would be made S of Avon River between Madras St & Manchester St & between St Asaph St & Tuam St. It was CERA's crackpot scheme based on Council's Share an Idea scheme done post 22.02.11 quake. Many more demolitions were needed in the Green Frame before trees, flowers & grass could be planted in the Green Frame.

Madras St crack showed, with CERA's Green Frame westwards & CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium east of Madras St. Poplar St environs would become part of CERA's proposed Green Frame. E across Madras St, a huge block between Tuam St & Hereford St to St Pauls demolition site, CERA's Blueprint proposed a 35 000 seater, roofed stadium. The proposed stadium site extended from Madras St E to Barbadoes St, including Turners & Growers site. With its Blueprinted, roofed stadium, CERA was putting duress on Council to demolish quake damaged, AMI stadium, before AMI stadium insurance claim was resolved. What a crock!

Council's bldg assets claims were only resolved in Dec 2015 with a puny pay out of $635 million, So much for mayor Parker's & town clerk Marryatt's insurance of Council assets!

Image, quake damaged Victoria St & Kilmore St:


03.04.12. Post quake demolition site, Victoria St



I drove down Victoria St by Christchurch Casino, to snap a demolition rubble pile, all that was left of Crowne Plaza Hotel. Two tourists stared into the red zone, by a Council tourist map board on the cordon fence. Those board maps hung at various points along red zone, CBD cordon fences. A natty, little, plastic box enabled tourists to take a little tourist map of the red zone CBD.

Council's tourist map board read:

WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

CITY CENTRE MAP

Due to earthquake damage, parts of the Central City
remain cordoned off from public access.
These cordoned areas will reopen in stages during 2012
as remedial work is completed.

To help you find your way around our city during its
rebuild, pick up a free mini-map from the i-SITE Visitor
Centre, Rolleston Avenue (beside Canterbury Museum)...


03.04.12. Victoria St view of red zone cordon fence, before Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St. Quake trashed Town Hall left. Abandoned PWC & Forsyth Barr high rises behind. PWC left was demolished. Forsyth Barr right was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel


03.04.12. Red zone, CBD cordon map, red zone fence, Crowne Plaza demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St. The demolition site would become part of the Maori Cultural Centre, Blueprinted by CERA




CERA & Council still banned citizen in the red zone 15 months post 22.02.11 quake. Council was fixated on fixing the quake crapped CBD. CERA occupied the red zone CBD at huge expense to citizens, slowly demolishing bldgs, instead of kicking tardy insurers' & reinsurers' greedy arses & sorting out E suburban, Third World living conditions for those displaced from their homes by quakes & CERA red zone offers..

While CERA fiddled with CBD demolitions & Council fiddled with consents for rebuild of prestige bldgs to replace quake crapped Council bldgs, already paid for by ratepayers, quake displaced people endured Third World conditions, dossing in garages, cars & tents. (20 months later in 2013 some people still lived in garages. So much for CERA recovery. Weekend Press 30 Nov - 1 Dec).

The rent crisis was due to exhorbitant rents from greedy landlords & rental agents' fees, unaffordable for those still paying mortgages & rates on quake crapped, red zone, unliveable houses. Or unaffordable for those on low incomes, like the unemployed or single parents.  

I drove along Peterborough St & snapped another rubble heap, once the Convention Centre. Council was having orgasms about rebuilding a Convention Centre, paid for by ratepayers, with a proposed 7.5% rates increase. Never mind all the other white elephant projects Council had in mind - quake trashed AMI Stadium, Centennial Pool, Town Hall, Christchurch Cathedral... (Later on, NZ govt Blueprinted a new Convention Centre). Given Council's rebuild hysteria there was little communication between Council & CERA.

Images, quake damaged Peterborough St:


03.04.12. Convention Centre demolition site, Peterborough St. Abandoned Town Hall behind



I parked my car on Armagh St, near Madras St north & wandered across post quake demolition sites to Latimer Sq.

Madras St south wasn't a pretty sight. There was little to see, just bleak quakescapes: abandoned bldgs, demolition sites & bldgs awaiting demolition.

Latimer Sq, corner Hereford St / Madras St south: St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, where the Anglican church would build a Cardboard Cathedral, Jap architect Ban, to last 20 years, while ruined Christchurch Cathedral farce continued.    

A St Johns board read:

                                                                 New Venues

                                         8.30 am - 236 Hereford St
                                         Next door to the church office / Vicarage
                                       
St Johns                           10.00 am - St Margarets
Latimer Square                 Family service with kids programme
                                         12 Winchester St, Merivale

                                         7 pm - St Saviour's Church
                                         200 Colombo St, Sydenham

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


03.04.12. Latimer Sq view of St Johns Anglican Church demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. Port Hills behind. The demolition site beyond St Johns would be CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site





03.04.12. Madras St & St Johns demolition site view of more demolition sites, large block between Hereford St & Cashel St. Cashel St quake survivor bldgs beyond. The demolition sites would be part CERA's 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site

Madras St, Arrow House demolition site was opposite St Johns demolition site.


03.04.12. Latimer Sq, red zone view of Arrow House demolition site, cnr Hereford St / Madras St. CTV bldg demolition site & abandoned IRD bldg behind. The demolition sites would be part of CERA's Green Frame


03.04.12. Arrow House demolition site, cnr Madras St / Hereford St. Les Mills gym, quake survivor behind. The demolition site & Les Mills gym would be part of CERA's Green Frame


Madras St & Cashel St crossing: All 4 corners were 22.02.11 quake kaput: Hudson Blackwells demolition site; St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site; abandoned IRD bldg; CTV bldg demolition site, where 115 people died, when the CTV bldg collapsed & burned in the 22.02.11 quake. I passed floral tributes on cordon fences by the CTV site & passed orange, plastic road barriers before the abandoned IRD bldg. CTV demolition site & IRD would be part of CERA's Green Frame.

On Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site a blackboard read:

Sometimes even
  friends don't
   understand


03.04.12. Flowers, red zone cordon fence, CTV bldg demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. IRD left. Les Mills gym right. The sites would be part of CERA's Green Frame


03.04.12. Dead flowers, CTV bldg demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Les Mills gym behind. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame


03.04.12. Dead flowers, CTV bldg demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. NW view to Hereford St demolition sites & red zone, CBD high rises. Newstalk ZB high rise right was imploded, 05.08.12


03.04.12. Red zone, cordon tributes to 115 dead, CTV bldg demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame


03.04.12. Cnr Cashel St / Madras St view of red zone, quake closed high rises: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left. Newstalk ZB (Radio Network House) right, was imploded, 05.08.12



03.04.12. Red zone, Cashel St, W view of abandoned, CBD bldgs. Holiday Inn by crane, awaited demolition


03.04.12. Holden Blackwells demolition site, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. The demolition site would be part of CERA's 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site



03.04.12. St Pauls Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church demolition site, cnr Cashel St / Madras St. It would be part of CERA's 35 000 seater, roofed stadium site


03.04.12. Abandoned IRD bldg view of plastic / water, road barriers, cnr Madras St / Cashel St. Holden Blackwells demolition site beyond





03.04.12. Quake closed, yellow stickered bldg, Madras St, opp Bedford Row. UK USAR / TF graffiti - CLEAR meant no bodies

Bedford Row: Always gloomy behind the abandoned IRD bldg. The old brick stable was gone, just loose stones & 2 pallets of plastic-wrapped stones left on the shingled demolition site, by a tatty, brick wall, with old Victorian adverts painted in black letters on faded white backgrounds, on each corner, revealed after years hidden behind the stable:

MORROW
BASSET
   & Co.

McCORMICK
REAPERS &
BINDERS.


03.04.1.2 Red zone, Victorian wall ad, old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row. Red zone, abandoned Holiday Inn awaiting demolition beyond. Bedford Row would be part of CERA's Green Frame


03.04.12. Old stable demolition site, Madras St, between Bedford Row & Lichfield St


03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint & Victorian wall ad, old stable demolition site, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame


Across Madras St was a rusty corrugated iron shed & another demolition site, continuing to Lichfield St corner. On the opposite corner was a ramshackle bldg with walls peeled off, part demolished.


03.04.12. Abandoned bldgs & demolition site, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's 35 000 seater, roofed stadium



03.04.12. Part demolished bldg, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The site would be part of CERA's 35 000 seater, roofed stadium



Lichfield St NZDF checkpoint by the red zone cordon fence, controlled contractor access & egress to the red zone & banned citizens, who'd been banned from the red zone CBD for 15 months, so far, since the Feb 22 quake Christchurch citizens would be banned by NZDF soldiers at red zone CBD checkpoints & CERA occupation of the CBD for 28 months. A cracked state of affairs.


03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame

We were used to signs banning citizens at NZDF checkpoints, which strangled the red zone CBD:

                     EXIT POINT
          HOURS OF OPERATION
                     ... DAILY
      OUTSIDE OF THIS TIME USE
MANCHESTER ST / CAMBRIDGE TCE
                     EXIT POINT

          WARNING
 NO PUBLIC ACCESS
BEYOND THIS POINT

               NO
           PUBLIC
          ACCESS
   PAST THIS POINT
CERA PASSES ONLY


03.04.12. NZDF red zone checkpoint, guarding abandoned CBD, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St,





03.04.12. Red zone, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St, NZDF checkpoint view of quake trashed blgs & car on Poplar St cnr, by a demolition site. Most of the bldgs were demolished


03.04.12. Red zone, NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St





03.04.12. Red zone, apex car hire, demolition site by NZDF checkpoint, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St. Portaloo & checkpoint hut opp green, plastic, sewage tank. Red zone, closed bldgs & Holiday Inn high rise behind awaiting demolition

Looking W beyond Lichfield St checkpoint, I saw quake trashed bldgs & demolition sites & looked hard to find Poplar St entrance off Lichfield St, as there were so many demolition sites. All that was left of Poplar St was a tar strip, bordered by demolition sites & abandoned brick bldgs. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame.

I wandered S down Madras St, past apex car hire & Edward Gibbon demolition sites to Tuam St crossing. On the other side of Madras St were abandoned bldgs. Neighbouring NG Gallery was restored. The crack in CERA's utopia was that already restored businesses, like NG Gallery, must succumb to CERA's destruction, to make way for CERA's expensive, 35 000 seater, roofed stadium.

The crack between Council & NZ govt / CERA was stadium plans. While quake damaged, AMI stadium stood abandoned for years, awaiting insurance pay out, CERA foisted its Blueprinted Madras St stadium on Christchurch citizens, to overshadow the Cardboard Cathedral.

At another demolition site on Ash St corner, I looked past more demolition sites to Poplar St. At the end of Ash St, Poplar Mews, where Jake had flatted in Poplar St, was gone. Just a brick wall & wooden doors of another brick bldg behind.

 

03.04.12. Restored NG Gallery, Madras St, opp Ash St. The site would be part of CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium


03.04.12. Red zone, Edward Gibbon, demolition site, Madras St. The site would be part of CERA's Green Frame




03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St & Edward Gibbon, demolition site, view of vehicle going down Ash St to demolished Poplar St, by wooden doors. The site would be part of CERA's Green Frame





03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, Edward Gibbon, demolition site. Metal braced, McKenzie Willis, High St left, Manchester St, Odeon Theatre middle, awaiting demolition & reopened Tuam St, Alice in Videoland right


03.04.12. Red zone, Madras St, Edward Gibbon, demolition site view of CPIT Fashion School, Tuam St, left & red zone, braced, McKenzie Willis, High St right



03.04.12. Madras St E view of quake demolition sites between Lichfield St & Tuam St. Tuam St quake survivor bldgs right. The demolition sites, incl Turners & Growers site beyond, would be part of CERA's proposed 35 000 seater, roofed stadium

By Tuam St crossing was a Mobil garage, McDonald's & CPIT Fashion School. The red zone fence cordon went W along Tuam St a bit, students lolling in the sun by the Fashion School wall, reading, or chomping lunch.


03.04.12. Demolition site car park & quake damaged, part repaired bldg, cnr Madras St / Tuam St


03.04.12. Weedy demolition site, cnr Madras St / Tuam St


03.04.12. Quake survivors: Mobil garage, cnr Madras St / Tuam St, CPIT Music School, behind right. CPIT tech bldgs left

A woman stood crying by the cordon fence, comforted by her man. Ongoing quakes were raw fear & stress for us all. CERA's residential red zoning would be a running sore for red zoners for years.

Beyond the cordon, all that was left of Poplar St was a tar strip with demolition sites both sides, bordered by shipping containers & tatty, brick bldgs, quake survivors. Wasteland. W down Tuam St, half in & half out of the red zone fence, Alice in Videoland bldg was recently reopened.


03.04.12. Red zone, W view down Tuam St: Demolished Poplar St behind shipping containers right, reopened Alice in Videoland beyond. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame




03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School view of red zone, High St, demolition sites middle & Poplar St, demolition sites right. Beyond, Alice in Videoland, reopened left & red zone, closed, Westpac & Holiday Inn high rises awaited demolitions right



03.04.12. CPIT Fashion School, W view along red zone, Tuam St. Reopened Alice in Videoland right


03.04.12. CPIT School of Fashion, Tuam St, N view of red zone demolition sites & abandoned bldgs. IRD bldg right. The area would be part of CERA's Green Frame  




03.04.12. CPIT School of Fashion view of Poplar St, bordered by demolition sites, shipping containers & abandoned bldgs. Abandoned Majestic Theatre, Westpac & Holiday Inn beyond awaited  demolitions


After Tuam St crossing, Madras St became livelier with tech students & countdown shoppers.


03.04.12. S view, Madras St / St Asaph St / High St crossing. St Asaph St demolition site car park beyond



03.04.12. Cnr High St / Madras St view of Madras St northbound traffic & quake survivor bldgs

Madras St / St  Asaph St / High St crossing was a mess, with a demolition site turned into a car park on one corner & student pedestrians dodging traffic by cordon fences, blocking off red zone High St. At the end of High St, Holiday Inn loomed, awaiting demolition.


03.04.12. W view down red zone, High St & closed, quake survivor bldgs. CPIT Music School right. 



03.04.12. Students crossing St Asaph St from Madras St to red zone, St Asaph St / High St cnr

Further S down Madras St, workmen on scaffolding at NZ Broadcasting School repaired quake cracks on the wall with epoxy glue. Cracks were showing alright, all over the wall, like 1 000s more Christchurch bldgs repaired with epoxy glue, then repainted. Epoxy glueing of quake cracked walls, then repainting, was dodgy.

On the opposite side of Madras St was a closed bldg with a relocation notice painted in lurid colours on a quake cracked window.


03.04.12. Workmen epoxy glueing a quake cracked wall, NZ Broadcasting School, Madras St


03.04.12. Cnr Madras St / Allen St, S view of quake survivor, CPIT tech bldgs left, Madras St


03.04.12. Cnr Madras St / Allen St, N view of quake survivor bldgs, Madras St


03.04.12. Student bikes & students, CPIT tech, Madras St


03.04.12. Relocation notice, quake cracked, shop window, Madras St

On Southwark St corner was a demolition site car park. On the opposite corner, a quake trashed, brick bldg stood, with quake toppled parapet exposed & unrepaired, topped by an unrepaired gutter pipe.


03.04.12. Demolition site car park, cnr Madras St / Southwark St


03.04.12. Quake trashed, brick, parapet & gutter pipe, cnr Madras St / Southwark St


03.04.12. Repairs to quake damaged bldg, cnr Madras St / Southwark St


03.04.12. Countdown, cnr Madras St / Moorhouse Ave

 

03.04.12. Mural near countdown, Madras St


03.04.12. Madras St view of quake closed, brick station (Science Alive) with boarded clock tower, Moorhouse Ave. The old brick station was demolished in August 2012. The clock was saved for the new Science Alive, which relocated to the old Court House, Durham St Nth, in 2016

Moorhouse Ave was busy as usual & I snapped the old brick station, post quake closed, with boarded clock tower.

In August 2012 the old station (Science Alive bldg) was demolished. The tower clock stopped when the 04.09.10 quake struck. The clock was saved for the new Science Alive, relocated to the old Court House, Durham St Nth, in 2016.

I returned to my car through quake wastelands & Latimer Sq. Not a sign of rebuild along Madras St south.

During my April 2012 wander down quake shattered Madras St, CERA was scheming a Blueprinted, Green Frame & stadium on all those Madras St demolition sites. (CERA's Blueprint, August 2012). My walk was limbo time Madras St, as CERA hadn't yet Blueprinted Madras St, forcing its Green Frame & expensive stadium projects on owners either side of Madras St.


03.04.12. Latimer Sq N view to Gloucester St / Madras St junction

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Record $635m insurance payout for Christchurch City Council (The Press / Stuff Co).


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