Sunday, December 15, 2013

Three Years Post Quakes, Christchurch Kitsch Capital & CCDU's Core CBD Slow Rebuild

Sunday 15.12.13. 4.28 pm, 3.5 mag quake, 9 km depth, 5 km SE of Christchurch (Geonet). I felt it shaking my lounge sofa while I was relaxing after my Christchurch CBD walk. More than 3 years post 04.09.10 quake we still experienced aftershocks.

Leah would be visiting SA soon for her mom's 80th birthday & as Leah would have my digital camera there, I'd gone on my last quake walk for the year in the CBD. It was a hot summer afternoon & it was evident that CERA & Council had become slack again about public safety. Although many cordon fences were still around abandoned CBD bldgs, some cordon fences were down. Whether that was by wind, or vandals, or thieves I didn't know, but the CBD was a demolition mess, dust everywhere. I'd become complacent too, reasoning that as the bldgs I passed under or walked close to had survived 10 000+ quakes over the last 3 years & hadn't collapsed I'd be safe.

I'd wanted to see sections of Lichfield St & Hereford St which had opened recently, but which I hadn't walked yet since the 22.02.11 quake nearly 3 years ago. I'd driven the Lichfield St section a few times, past the part demolished, old bus exchange.

I parked my car on Manchester St by St Lukes Anglican Church demolition site & did a circular walk along Kilmore St, Durham St, Oxford Tce, Lichfield St & Manchester St with a detour along Hereford St. Many bldgs had been demolished by CERA in its core CBD. Most bldgs left were abandoned. Commerce spluttered along in Restart Cashel Mall & tourists & locals wandered Cathedral Sq & New Regent St. Despite CCDU's Blueprint 17 months ago, little development went on in its core CBD.

A few new bldgs rose from the apocalypse:

- Forte Health, a steel & glass private hospital to be run by doctors with shares in the bldg, Kilmore St.
- An office complex along Durham St Nth, between Armagh St & Gloucester St, opposite quake damaged Provincial Council bldg. I counted 5 construction cranes & 2 pile drivers there.
- A Deloitte office rose on Gloucester St / Cambridge Tce corner. It would have wavy glass, exterior walls.
- The Terrace, foundations were laid for 4 bldgs, 2 lanes & a court along The Strip demolition sites, Oxford Tce. The Terrace development spluttered along for years & by Sept 2016 it still wasn't completed. Developer Gough ran out of money, bummed funds from Council & still didn't complete The Terrace. An example of ratepayers sponsoring private development.
-  Stranges bldg, a triangular, steel & glass edifice, corner Manchester St / Lichfield St / High St.

Other than that there were no other new bldgs in the CBD streets I passed, an indictment of CERA & CCDU slackness. Over the last 17 months there'd been big talk by CERA / CCDU about all the Blueprint things to be built in the CBD, like a 35 000 seater, roofed Stadium, Convention Centre, permanent Bus Exchange, Metro Sports Facility, Performing Arts Precinct, houses & parkland in N & E Frames, Margaret Mahy Family Playground in the N Frame on Centennial Pool demolition site, Justice & Emergency Services Precinct, Innovation Precinct - a joke, Health Precinct... But so far not even foundations were laid. Never mind land not yet completely bought / land-grabbed by CCDU for Blueprint schemes by NZ govt. All those CBD areas were either barren demolition sites covered in weeds, or shingle, or were infested with abandoned bldgs ever since the 22.02.11 quake.

CERA's / CCDU's slowness encouraged demolition kitsch. In previous posts I'd blogged demolition kitsch purporting to be art. On Manchester St / Cambridge Tce corner, by Manchester St Bridge, a tree wrapped in orange tape had attracted the eye of passersby to the demolition site for over a year.

Specifically, corners Kilmore St / Manchester St: 3 corners were demolition sites. St Lukes Anglican Church demolition site had been vacant for over a year with a brick maze in one corner, based on Chartres Cathedral maze, French religious kitsch. Red poppies bloomed next to the maze.

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:


15.12.13. Poppies & post quake, brick maze, St Lukes demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Manchester St


15.12.13. St Lukes history info board on wooden belfry, St Lukes demo site, Manchester St

On the diagonally opposite corner, grass grown by CERA last year on demolition sites was weedy, all the way to the PGC demolition site, where 18 people died in the 22.02.11 quake. SE, I saw all the way across demolition sites & empty streets to repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) & quake trashed, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral, obscured by repaired / reopened Novotel & abandoned Camelot Hotel, awaiting demolition to make way for the NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Central Library rebuild.


15.12.13. Cnr Kilmore St / Manchester St S view of abandoned bldgs & post quake, repaired / reopened hotels in CCDU's core CBD: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, Novotel right


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce, PGC demolition site S view of copper dome on Avon River bank, after demolition of Retour Restaurant. Abandoned bldgs & repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) beyond, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce, PGC demolition site S view of back of restored Isaac Theatre Royal left, repaired / reopened Novotel behind, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral middle, abandoned Camelot Hotel right awaiting demolition, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Kilmore St SW view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs: Ernst & Young left, awaited demolition, Victoria Square apartments right, awaited demolition, CCDU's core CBD

W along Kilmore St, I wandered past abandoned Ernst & Young, awaiting demolition. In the SW distance across demolition sites I saw Forsyth Barr awaiting conversion to Crowne Plaza Hotel & Victoria Square apartments, awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. I wandered past new build Forte Health to Town Hall awaiting repairs. In the distance beyond Town Hall stood abandoned Fino Cafe & apartments.


15.12.13. Kilmore St SW view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs: Ernst & Young left, awaited demolition. Forsyth Barr middle awaited conversion to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Victoria Square apartments right awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre


15.12.13. Kilmore St W view: Town Hall left awaited repairs. Forte Health new build right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Forte Health new build, Kilmore St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Kilmore St / Colombo St crossing W view: Town Hall left awaited repairs. Abandoned Fino apartments middle right. Venuti restaurant new build right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Venuti restaurant new build, Colombo St, CCDU's core CBD

Corners Kilmore St / Cambridge Tce / Colombo St: Colombo St Bridge was cordon fence, closed for repairs. Forsyth Barr loomed, awaiting conversion to Crowne Plaza Hotel. A banner hanging from the top of Forsyth Barr read:

  MERRY XMAS
     FOR SALE
AS IS WHERE IS


15.12.13. Closed for repairs Colombo St Bridge S view of CCDU's core CBD: Repaired / reopened Novotel left. For Sale Forsyth Barr middle awaiting conversion to Crowne Plaza Hotel. Abandoned Christchurch Cathedral right

July 2015. A Crowne Plaza Hotel banner hung from the top of Forsyth Barr, reincarnating as Crowne Plaza Hotel. Overseas owners hoped NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre would give them hotel trade.

New build Venuti restaurant was open for business on Colombo St, with demolition site neighbours.

Kilmore St: Town Hall was cordon fence, closed since the 22.02.11 quake, pending Council repairs. Green adverts on the cordon fence touted the Town Hall & nearby Performing Arts Precinct, in NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint, the future existence of which was moot depending on funds & repairs to Town Hall. Over the last year there was much to-ing & fro-ing by the old Council & new Council whether to restore the quake damaged Town Hall or not, as opposed to a new Performing Arts Precinct nearby bounded by Colombo St, Armagh St & Gloucester St.

In May 2015 the new Council confirmed the old Council's wish to restore quake trashed Town Hall, costing $137.5m.

The Green advert stated:

              CHRISTCHURCH TOWN HALL
AND WIDER PERFORMING ARTS PRECINCT

The advert was as pathetic as Council's & NZ govt's / CCDU's dithering, duplicating, non-decisions. An example of poor decision making by retarded Siamese twins - Council & CERA.


15.12.13. Christchurch Town Hall awaiting repairs, Kilmore St, CCDU's core CBD


The snag with CCDU's Performing Arts Precinct was that quake damaged Forsyth Barr loomed over the precinct, with the Blueprint Performing Arts Precinct in Forsyth Barr's fall zone. During the 22.02.11 quake, concrete stairs collapsed in Forsyth Barr & office workers saved themselves, lowering themselves out of windows using rope. Forsyth Barr was a blue monstrosity blocking any safe development of the area. If Forsyth Barr was restored you wouldn't catch me entering, or attending any nearby theatre, new or not, like restored Isaac Theatre Royal.

Across Kilmore St, beyond the old Convention Centre demolition site, I saw Peterborough Street Library, where Leah & I'd experienced 5 potent quakes at the start of the Xmas quake swarm 2011, before we fled the library. Why NZ govt / CCDU wanted to build its Blueprint Convention Centre on the old Central Library site, other demolition sites & across Gloucester St to Cathedral Sq was beyond me. A huge waste of money. Like other bldgs around Cathedral Sq, the Blueprint Convention Centre would dwarf Christchurch Cathedral. Total kitsch.

The old Convention Centre demolition site, opposite abandoned Town Hall, looked perfectly alright for a new Convention Centre, not as big & pretentious as the Blueprinted one. Any decent sized hotel (& several had reopened in the CBD) had their own convention rooms, which would compete with NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre. For Christchurch, population about 400 000, servicing Canterbury farms, a kitsch Convention Centre was laughable.


15.12.13. Kilmore St N view of old Convention Centre demolition site & post quakes, Central Library Peterborough St, CCDU's core CBD

On the Convention Centre demolition site, a post quake, belated board on a lamp pole read:

     CITY CARE
CHRISTCHURCH
    TOWN HALL
  EVACUATION
       MUSTER
         POINT


15.12.13. Evacuation sign, old Convention Centre demolition site, Kilmore St, CCDU's core CBD

A waste of money as no one had used the trashed Town Hall since the quakes.


15.12.13. Abandoned Fino Cafe, Kilmore St, CCDU's core CBD

Corner Kilmore St / Durham St Nth: The Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site looked a kitsch mess, stuffed with Gap Filler temporary junk - the Pallet Pavilion; The Arcades, a series of wooden arches; Gap Filler huts; a garishly painted, business container; a red, double-decker, tourist bus. Devoid of tourists, the bus would pass me a couple of times on my walk. It was as kitsch as CERA's red bus, rubbernecker trips in the red zone CBD during CERA's CBD occupation.


15.12.13. Gap Filler temporary projects on Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth. Beyond, Court House left, abandoned Spicers right, CCDU's core CBD. Spicers was demolished in 2014, replaced by lawyers offices




15.12.13. The Arcades temporary project, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD. Abandoned Forsyth Barr beyond, a bit of Pallet Pavilion right


15.12.13. Red tourist bus, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD. Town Hall behind awaited repairs


15.12.13. Pallet Pavilion temporary project, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, cnr Kilmore St / Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD. Court House beyond



15.12.13. Salvation Army demolition site view of abandoned / For Sale Forsyth Barr left, abandoned Victoria Square apartments middle, awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre. Court House right, Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Salvation Army demolition site view of The Arcades on Crown Plaza Hotel demolition site & abandoned Town Hall awaiting repairs, CCDU's core CBD

Post quake Christchurch had degenerated into a kitsch hotch-potch, seen all over Christchurch on demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, a taggers' paradise.

Unlike CCDU's core CBD, Victoria St opposite the Pallet Pavilion was bustling with reopened businesses & 2 new builds, steel & glass. Couldn't architects & engineering designers come up with something better than kitsch steel & glass boxes with frilly facades, made of concrete slabs, plastic, wood, or metal? They all looked fit for an Industrial Park, like the boring bldgs (some quake damaged, especially concrete slab ones) in the Industrial Park on Sir William Pickering Dr near Christchurch Airport.


15.12.13. Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site N view of new builds on Victoria St

I wandered past Salvation Army demolition site, Durham St Nth. Further along, the Methodist Church demolition site showed no respect for 3 people who died there in the 22.02.11 quake. It was a Council car park with a commercially kitsch, Espresso trailer catering for Court House denizens across the road.

Images, quake damaged Durham St Nth:


15.12.13. Car park & Espresso trailer on Methodist Church demolition site, where 3 people died in the 22.02.11 quake, Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD


Landsborough House / URS House & Amuri Courts demolition sites behind cordon fencing, between Armagh St crossing & Gloucester St crossing, was full of cranes & 2 pile drivers, Sunday sentinels for a new commercial complex. Across the road, dusty Provincial Council bldg awaited kitsch restoration behind cordon fencing.


15.12.13. Office complex new build, Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD







15.12.13. Deloitte offices new build, cnr Gloucester St / Cambridge Tce, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Provincial Council closed for restoration, Durham St Nth, CCDU's core CBD. Abandoned Rydges Hotel beyond






Did heritage fanatics believe millions spent on restoring ruined bldgs like Provincial Council, Christchurch Cathedral, Our City, Arts Centre... that those old bldgs would withstand the next big quake? Christchurch Cathedral steeple was toppled by quakes ages ago. Victorians & Edwardians had rebuilt the steeple on swampy soil for the steeple & tower to collapse again. Our generation of heritage fanatics repeated their mistakes.

Over the last 3 quake years we'd experienced all sorts of mass hysterias: NZ govt's / CERA's hysteria in competition with hysterical Council, trying to control quake aftermaths; Ongoing hysterias amongst inept Council, NZ govt / CERA, ratepayers & protests; Mass grieving at 185 deaths, ongoing & mass memorial services; Mass helper hysterias, like Student Army, Farmy Army & self promoting celebrities, clerics & commercial visitors - ongoing; Hysteria of the rest of NZ population projecting their hysteria, quake fears & "help" on Canterbury quake survivors (I experienced that on Facebook after big quakes); Cop, rescue workers & NZDF mass hysterias, with CBD red zone cordoning & NZDF checkpoints for 28 months; Ongoing hysteria visits by various cop explosives jaunts & soldier visits, like US Marines visiting red zones, some over the top, some under, in their so-called duties, like threatening to shoot looters.

Share & Idea hysteria by Council for a new post quake Christchurch; Demolition hysteria by Civil Defence & NZ govt / CERA - ongoing; Red zoning & TC3 green zoning hysterias by NZ govt / CERA & many public protests; NZ govt / CERA / CCDU land-grabbing hysteria in the residential red zone & CBD Frame; EQC & insurer hysterias & many public protests; Heritage fanatics' hysteria & public protests; EQC repairs & rebuilds hysterias, new builds hysteria; Kitsch art & tagging hysterias. Media just whipped up the hysterias.

Armagh St Bridge was closed due to a cordon fence across Armagh St by abandoned Victoria Square apartments & CCDU's delays in purchase of land, demolitions & new build of its Blueprint Convention Centre. CERA & CCDU were good at demolitions, delays, land grabbing & demolishing 1 000s of red zone homes & CBD Frame properties for the hysterical Crown & big talk, little else. Three years post quakes, due to NZ govt / CERA / CCDU delays, there was little business going on in its core CBD, little rebuild & next to no new builds.


15.12.13. Amargh St Bridge closed, due to cordoned, abandoned high rises beyond: Victoria Square apartments, awaiting demolition & Forsyth Barr For Sale / awaiting repairs, NZ govt's / CCDU's core CBD

Deloitte offices, another new build rose on Cambridge Tce / Gloucester St corner. A yellow kitsch mural with enigmatic black lettering was on a nearby bldg. The lettering read:

            E
        STE
PEOPLE

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce view of kitsch mural on tilt slab wall & Deloitte offices new build. NZ govt's / CCDU's core CBD

Gloucester St Bridge was closed for repairs. That blocked customers for recently restored New Regent St. If NZ govt's / CCDU's kitsch Convention Centre was ever built, occupying the Central Library site & some of Gloucester St, it would constipate Gloucester St traffic.

Gloucester St: On an abandoned wall was a kitsch mural reflecting Government Life bldg, awaiting demolition, Cathedral Sq.


15.12.1.3 Cambridge Tce view of closed for repairs Gloucester St Bridge, SE view of Cathedral Sq bldgs: Repaired / reopened Novotel left; abandoned Government Life middle, awaiting demolition, with kitsch mural below; abandoned Millennium Hotel right, NZ govt's / CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce view of closed for repairs Gloucester St Bridge, NE view of abandoned bldgs in CCDU's core CBD: Victoria Square apartments left, awaiting demolition; Forsyth Barr For Sale middle; Central Library awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre

Avon River beside Cambridge Tce: Kitsch Edwardian punters were on the Avon & had frequented that stretch of CBD Avon for months.


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce upstream view of Avon River punters near Worcester St Bridge, CCDU's core CBD



Worcester St Bridge was open for pedestrians walking to Cathedral Sq desolation & demolition kitsch. Edwardian kitsch trams trundled over too.


15.12.13. Worcester St Bridge / Cambridge Tce view of abandoned Central Police & repaired Council bldg, CCDU's core CBD. Central Police was imploded 31.05.15



15.12.13. Tram crossing Cambridge Tce by Worcester St Bridge, CCDU's core CBD. Central Police behind was imploded 31.05.15


15.12.13. Worcester St Bridge, E view of Cathedral Sq: Steel propped Our City left, abandoned Rydges Hotel beyond left, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral middle, abandoned Millennium Hotel middle right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Worcester St Bridge, W view of Cambridge Tce crossing & Worcester Blvd, CCDU's core CBD. HSBC Tower left, abandoned Harley right

I wandered beside Avon River To Hereford St Bridge. Along the way, E across Clarendon Tower demolition site was ruined Christchurch Cathedral, squatting behind cordon fencing, awaiting heritage fanatics saving the kitsch cathedral via court cases galore vs the Anglican diocese wanting to demolish the kitsch cathedral. The cathedral cordon fence was black with kitsch floral decorations on it. On the W side of Cathedral Sq, in front of the ruined cathedral, a kitsch Maori whare stood, filled with plants. Post quakes cultural kitsch abounded.


15.12.13. Cambridge Tce view of Cathedral Sq: Clarendon Tower demolition site in foreground. Abandoned Rydges Hotel shops & abandoned Government Life left, awaiting demolition, repaired / reopened Novotel & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral right, CCDU's core CBD

Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


15.12.13. Oxford Tce view of Hereford St Bridge, E view of reopened Ibis Hotel middle left, part demolished BNZ beyond, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Oxford Tce, N view of Our City awaiting restoration left, CCDU's core CBD

Hereford St Bridge: An E view to kitsch Restart Cashel Mall, shipping container shops on several demolition sites. Kitsch Shands Emporium was on Hereford St, close to Restart Cashel Mall shipping containers. The Press, Xmas Day reported that a local "nutter" would spend $250 000 to relocate Shands Emporium to Redcliffs & restore it. Shands Emporium was just heritage fanatics' junk wood.

In June 2015 Shands Emporium was relocated to Manchester St, next to quake trashed Trinity Church, while post quake rebuild, Westende House across the road was demolished, so that Manchester St could be widened. A NZ govt / CCDU farce.


15.12.13. Hereford St Bridge, SE view of Oxford Tce demolition sites. Relocated Shands Emporium beyond by Restart Cashel Mall, CCDU's core CBD

Oxford Tce from Hereford St to Lichfield St crossings was either demolition sites or abandoned bldgs, like Mad Cow. Along Oxford Tce, The Terrace development along Avon River bank already had foundations laid behind cordon fencing. Boards on the cordon fencing described The Terrace concept for passersby to read. The Bridge of Remembrance was being repaired.

In 2014 Mad Cow was demolished for relocated Restart Cashel Mall shipping container shops. Container shops were moved so that BNZ Centre could be built further down Cashel Mall next to Pagoda House, opposite Ballantynes.


15.12.13. The Terrace new build, Oxford Tce, CCDU's core CBD








15.12.13. The Terrace foundations, Oxford Tce, Restart Cashel Mall beyond, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Bridge of Remembrance repairs, Oxford Tce, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. Oxford Tce, E view down Restart Cashel Mall, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Demolition site car park, Restart Cashel Mall, Oxford Tce, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Abandoned Mad Cow, awaiting demolition, Oxford Tce, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned bldg, cnr Oxford Tce / Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD

Private sector, commercial development in post quake Christchurch was much quicker than slow govt, commercial development in CCDU's core CBD, epitomized by CERA's / CCDU's slow purchasing of land, designing & no anchor project bldgs so far. Private sector Victoria St, Riccarton Rd & Moorhouse Ave were humming with new developments. NZ govt's / CCDU's core CBD was stagnant.

Lichfield St: I wandered E past abandoned Omega Rental Cars, past a demolition site car park going to Restart Cashel Mall, past an abandoned car park garage, past flower tubs by the busy temporary Bus Exchange, past post quake Ballantynes Fashion Atrium, past abandoned Rohits Indian restaurant.

Images, quake damaged Lichfield St:


15.12.13. Abandoned Omega Rental Cars, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Lichfield St, N view of demolition site car park for Restart Cashel Mall, Hereford St beyond, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned car park, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD. The car park was demolished for a new car park


15.12.13. Flower tubs, Temporary Bus Exchange, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Lichfield St, Temporary Bus Exchange view of Ballantynes Fashion Atrium new build, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Lichfield St, E view of abandoned bldgs, incl Rohits Indian restaurant right, CCDU's core CBD


Lichfield St / Colombo St crossing was full of road cones, fence cordons & a trench down the middle of Colombo St towards the sky bridge at The Crossing by Cashel Mall. Sky bridge sides were covered with kitsch pics of a blue sky with white clouds.

One corner of Lichfield St crossing was a weedy demolition site, the other 3 corners had abandoned bldgs, like R & R Sport & The Frontrunner, with a broken window & a series of silvery, plastic mannequins running beside inner walls of the shop.

Council's idea of high art was to waste money painting kitsch, geometric patterns & flowers on Colombo St & Gloucester St, giving colour to drab demolition sites & attracting citizens back to the CBD. Over the last couple of quake years, we'd seen 2 life sized, bronze bull statues on 2 grand pianos, on a Madras St demolition site & 2 giant, silver gnomes guarding the closed- for-quake-repairs Art Gallery, Worcester Blvd. There were new murals, graffiti & pavement graffiti by contractors all over town. There was container art covering shipping containers below cliffs on the way to Sumner. What next?


15.12.13. Cnr Colombo St / Lichfield St, N view of post quake Colombo St repair, demolition site & abandoned bldgs. Kitsch road markings on pedestrian crossing, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing, post quake N view of Colombo St repair & kitsch art on sky bridge at The Crossing. Forsyth Barr behind awaiting repairs, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing, post quake S view of Colombo St repairs & abandoned bldgs, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned shops R & R Sport & The Frontrunner, Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing view of abandoned The Frontrunner, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Colombo St / Lichfield St crossing, W view of Colombo St repairs & abandoned bldgs lining Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Quake demolition site & abandoned old bus exchange, cnr Colombo St / Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Lichfield St / Colombo St crossing, E view of Lichfield St & abandoned bldgs lining Lichfield St. Abandoned, old bus exchange left, CCDU's core CBD

Lichfield St E to Manchester St: The old pre quakes bus exchange was a part demolished, dusty mess with gaping holes in the walls & twisted reinforcement steel rods awaiting final demolition. Who needed tagger kitsch when demolition kitsch was all over town? Beyond the part demolished bus exchange was abandoned Lincoln House, surrounded by demolition sites.


15.12.13. Part demolished bus exchange, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD








N across demolition sites & empty cordoned streets, I saw across Cashel St to Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site. Beyond were a trio of abandoned bldgs - Malvern House, an apartment block & Broadlands House on desolate Hereford St. Behind them I saw the back of Government Departmental Buildings, now reopened Heritage Hotel. Next door was the Millennium Hotel still closed. Behind Heritage Hotel, repaired / reopened Novotel could be seen. NE repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) loomed above the lot.


15.12.13. Lichfield St N view of demolition gap by part demolished bus exchange left. Back sides of abandoned bldgs beyond, around Cathedral Sq. Only Novotel & Heritage Hotel middle left & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right beyond were repaired & reopened, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Lichfield St demolition site N view of Hereford St & bldgs around Cathedral Sq: part demolished BNZ left, abandoned Millennium Hotel middle, repaired, reopened Novotel & Heritage Hotel right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Lichfield St demolition site, NE view of abandoned Hereford St bldgs: Malvern House middle left, apartments middle, Broadlands House & Mancinis Cafe middle right. Repaired Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind left, abandoned Design & Arts College behind right, CCDU's core CBD. The rubble heap was where Grand Chancellor Hotel once stood. The cars were parked on Westpac demolition site


15.12.13. Abandoned bldgs, Lichfield St. Part demolished bus exchange left, Lincoln House right, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. New build, Stranges office block, cnr Lichfield St / High St / Manchester St, CCDU's core CBD


S across a CERES demolition site & cordon fences was a parked CERES crane surrounded by irrigators spraying water to lay dust. As there was no explanatory board nor DANGER signs on the cordon fence, CERA & CERES were slack. Was I breathing in asbestos dust? Beyond the sprayers was the backside of abandoned, Tuam St Council bldg, covered in a wall of white plastic. I'd seen several bldgs over quake years covered in white plastic. All they needed were CCDU ribbons with MERRY CHRISTMAS & "Your lungs suck!" Tuam St Council bldg was demolished for the new Bus Exchange.


15.12.13. Lichfield St view of back of abandoned Council bldg covered in white plastic, CCDU's core CBD. The Council bldg was demolished for the new Bus Exchange




15.12.13. Part demolished bldg & abandoned bldg propped by shipping containers, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD







15.12.13. Stranges new build & shipping container wall propping a facade, Lichfield St. Red tourist bus searching for tourists, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. USAR / TF graffiti, abandoned, cordoned bldg, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned, cordoned bldg, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD

Next to the white, plastic-wrapped Council bldg was a part demolished, brick bldg. The next door facade of another brick bldg was propped up by a 6 layer wall of shipping containers. That area of the still forbidden CBD around Sol Sq specialized in engineer designer kitsch: Four more bldgs in the vicinity had old, brick facades propped up by shipping container walls - one facade on Manchester St, another the Odeon Theatre facade propped up by containers on Tuam St, another facade propped up on High St & another facade propped up, corner Manchester St / Bedford Row. Would heritage fanatics raise funds to save all those propped facades? They already chirped about saving quake damaged Majestic Theatre, corner Lichfield St / Manchester St & the old Council bldg, Tuam St. (Both bldgs were demolished).

Corner Lichfield St / High St / Manchester St: Stranges steel & glass bldg, similar to kitsch Forte Health on Kilmore St, were the only two recent rebuilds so far in CERA's core CBD. Did NZ govt / CERA / CCDU intend making Christchurch Kitsch Capital with all that glass? CERA minister Brownlee kitsched post quake Christchurch as the "Sports Capital of NZ." He wanted to flood Avon River red zones to make a rowers' paradise.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


15.12.13. Cnr Lichfield St / Manchester St / High St, W view of abandoned bldgs & Stranges new build, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Cnr Lichfield St / Manchester St, S view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs towards Sol Sq, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Manchester St, SW view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs by Sol Sq, CCDU's core CBD. Odeon Theatre facade propped by shipping containers left, Tuam St, CCDU's S Frame


15.12.13. Manchester St, S view of demolition sites, facades propped by shipping containers, CCDU's E & S Frame & abandoned bldgs by Sol Sq, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. Cnr Manchester St / High St, E view of demolition sites, abandoned bldgs & facade propped by shipping containers, High St, CCDU's E Frame



15.12.13. Cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St / High St, E view towards part demolished Poplar Ln, CCDU's E Frame


15.12.13. Cnr Manchester St / High St, N view of abandoned bldgs on Manchester St: Te Wanaga o Aotearoa left, CCDU's core CBD & Majestic Theatre right, awaiting demolition, CCDU's E Frame


15.12.13. Abandoned, cordoned Majestic Theatre, awaiting demolition, cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St, CCDU's E Frame


15.12.13. Stranges new build, cnr Manchester St / Lichfield St / High St, CCDU's core CBD


    


15.12.13. Manchester St, W view down High St, restored Bonnington House left & abandoned bldgs, CCDU's core CBD

Manchester St was still fucked. It was raped by CCDU cleaving the W side into core CBD & the E side into Blueprint E Frame. I wandered N past cordoned Bedford Way, its demolition sites & abandoned bldgs. I wandered past all Manchester Street's quake ravaged, demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, like Majestic Theatre, awaiting demolition, Te Wananga o Aotearoa by the nucleus sculpture, Holiday Inn demolition site, Kensington House, awaiting restoration & All Seasons Hotel behind. I wandered past fallen cordon fences by Te Wananga o Aotearoa & Kensington House. There were orange plastic, road barriers & orange road cones, as ubiquitous as rebuild workers in their orange or greeny-yellow, Hi Vis vests.


15.12.13. Cordoned, abandoned bldgs on Manchester St. Majestic Theatre right, awaited demolition, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. The bldgs were demolished in 2014 & the sites grassed for the Blueprint E frame.


15.12.13. Facade propped by shipping containers, cnr Manchester St / Bedford Row, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. The bldg was demolished in 2014 & the site grassed for the Blueprint E Frame


15.12.13. Cordoned Manchester St / Bedford Row junction, E view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Abandoned IR bldg middle


15.12.13. Manchester St, SE view of abandoned bldgs between Bedford Row & Lichfield St, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Abandoned Majestic Theatre behind. The bldgs were demolished in 2014 & the site grassed for the Blueprint E Frame


15.12.13. Yellow stickered, USAR / TF graffitied, abandoned Te Wananga o Aotearoa, cnr Manchester St / High St, CCDU's core CBD






15.12.13. Manchester St, SW view of demolition sites like Holiday Inn, Cashel St, & CCDU's core CBD abandoned bldgs


15.12.13. Manchester St, NW view of CCDU's core CBD demolition sites & abandoned bldgs like All Seasons Hotel middle. Repaired, reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind right


15.12.13. Manchester St view across demolition sites & cordoned Cashel St to abandoned bldgs, like WINZ middle, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned, cordoned Kensington House side wall stripped off by quake, Manchester St, CCDU's core CBD. Kensington House was restored




15.12.13. USAR / TF graffitied, yellow stickered, Kensington House, Manchester St, CCDU's core CBD. Kensington House was restored

On the E side of Manchester St, E Frame bldgs awaited CCDU's purchase / land-grab & road widening, like Shooters, Manchester Courts demolition site & Oaks Smartstay Apartments, Cashel St. It was demolition kitsch with a sprinkling of revived bldgs in CCDU's Blueprint E Frame desolation - Alice in Videoland, Tuam St; CI Cafe, High St; Les Mills Gym, Cashel St & Calendar Girls, Hereford St. Calendar Girls later relocated to Victoria St opposite the Casino.


15.12.13. Manchester St view of Cashel St abandoned bldgs, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame: Shooters left, Oaks Smartstay Apartments behind. Shooters & adjacent bldgs were demolished in 2014, the block grassed for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame



15.12.13. Manchester St NE view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs along Cashel St, NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Oaks Smartstay Apartments left


15.12.13. Abandoned Shooters, Manchester St, NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Oaks Smartstay Apartments behind. Shooters was demolished in 2014, the site grassed for the Blueprint E Frame


15.12.13. Abandoned bldgs, Manchester St, NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Bldgs were demolished in 2014, the block grassed for the Blueprint E Frame



Cordoned demolition sites went all the way E, along Lichfield St, past ruined High St & flattened Poplar Ln, to Madras St & beyond where NZ govt / CERA wanted a Blueprint, 35 000 seater stadium beyond NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame, the height of demolition kitsch, on long suffering ratepayers.

Not to be outdone by NZ govt / CERA in demolition kitsch, the Anglican diocese had erected its temp Cardboard Cathedral, Jap architect Shigeru Ban, on its St Johns demolition site by Latimer Sq, just outside NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame, but close to its kitsch, Blueprint stadium site. For kitsch consistency, would Ban offer his free services to NZ govt / CCDU to design a Cardboard Stadium?

At Hereford St crossing, I detoured W to look at demolition sites & abandoned bldgs I'd not seen close up since the 22.02.11 quake.

Manchester St / Hereford St corners: Desolate demolition sites on 3 corners, including Bradley Nuttal House & Torrens House on NE corner.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


15.12.13. Demolition sites, incl Bradley Nuttal House & Torrens House, NE cnr Manchester St / Hereford St, NZ govt's / CCDU's E Frame


15.12.13. SE cnr Manchester St / Hereford St, E view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. Temp reopened Calendar Girls left. A bit of Cardboard Cathedral beyond



Hereford St: There were demolition sites both side of the street, lined by ghost bldgs. I looked S across the Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site to wasteland Cashel St & High St to Stranges steel & glass rebuild, restored Bonnington House & abandoned bldgs like WINZ & beyond, to part demolished, old Bus Exchange, Lichfield St & plastic wrapped, old Council bldg, Tuam St. Another demolition site had a parked digger next to an almost demolished bldg by 2 yellow skips. Demolition rubble was either crushed on site for rebuild foundations, or stored in skips, or puked into trucks for Burwood dump at Bottle Lake Forest Park.


15.12.13. Hereford St view of Hotel Grand Chancellor, demolition site S view across wasteland Cashel St & High St to restored Bonnington House middle left & abandoned bldgs, CCDU's core CBD. Abandoned All Seasons Hotel left


15.12.13. Hereford St view of Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site, Stranges steel & glass rebuild left, restored Bonnington House, High St right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Hereford St view of Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site, restored Bonnington House left, abandoned WINZ middle & more abandoned bldgs, High St, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. Hereford St & Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site, S view across wasteland Cashel St, High St & Lichfield St demolition sites & abandoned bldgs to abandoned Tuam St Council bldg, covered in white plastic, middle & part demolished, old bus exchange right, Lichfield St, CCDU's core CBD. The old Council bldg was demolished for the new Bus Exchange




15.12.13. Hereford St, SE view across Hotel Grand Chancellor demolition site to abandoned All Seasons Hotel left & High St rebuild & restored bldgs, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Demolition in progress, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD





15.12.13. Hereford St, SW view across demolition sites to High St & Cashel St abandoned bldgs, CCDU's core CBD

N, I had a close look at an abandoned, cordoned, corner Chinese Restaurant & Bistro & abandoned, cordoned, Hereford Chambers / Mancini's, steel & concrete block propped, black plastic flapping in the wind at roof height. Across a cordoned lane, 3 abandoned bldgs were wedged together - Broadlands House, abandoned apartments with powder blue outer walls & Malvern House, all with quake broken windows & rubbished by quakes. A big demolition site with loose excavator buckets, demolition rubble & parked digger gave a similar view to what I'd seen in Lichfield St. I had a view between reopened or still closed hotels of Christchurch Cathedral apse.

By 2015 Chinese Restaurant had morphed into Mexico Restaurant, corner Manchester St / Hereford St.


15.12.13. Abandoned bldgs in CCDU's core CBD, cnr Manchester St / Hereford St. Repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind. In 2015 cnr Chinese Restaurant became Mexico Restaurant


15.12.13. Abandoned Chinese Restaurant & Bistro, cnr Manchester St / Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD. In 2015 Chinese Restaurant became Mexico Restaurant


15.12.13. Hereford St N view of demolition site & abandoned bldgs: Hereford Chambers / Mancini's left, Design & Art College behind, CCDU's core CBD 


15.12.13. Hereford St NW view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs in CCDU's core CBD: Millennium Hotel left, Malvern House & apartments middle, Broadlands House right



15.12.13. Hereford St NW view of demolition sites & abandoned bldgs, CCDU's core CBD: Millennium Hotel left; Malvern House, apartments & Broadlands House middle; Hereford Chambers / Mancini's right



15.12.13. Abandoned Hereford Chambers / Mancini's, 167 Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD





15.12.13. Abandoned Broadlands House left; abandoned, concrete & steel propped Hereford Chambers / Mancini's right, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. Abandoned Broadlands House entrance, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Abandoned apartments entrance, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned Malvern House entrance, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD





15.12.13. Quake trashed office, Malvern House, Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD




15.12.13. Hereford St N view of demolition site, abandoned Millennium Hotel & Christchurch Cathedral apse left, repaired / reopened Heritage Hotel right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Hereford St N view of demolition site, abandoned Millennium Hotel left, repaired / reopened Novotel middle, repaired / reopened Heritage Hotel right, CCDU's core CBD





15.12.13. Hereford St NE view of demolition site, repaired / reopened Heritage Hotel left, repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind, abandoned Malvern House & apartments right, CCDU's core CBD

Although Avonmore Tertiary College was opened months ago on Hereford St, it was dusty & bordered by demolition sites, abandoned bldgs & a cordon fence across the street. How could they do business obstructed by all that CBD cordon fencing?

That was the challenge of any business brave enough to reopen in CCDU's core CBD - surrounded by dust, demolition sites, abandoned bldgs & grinding, thumping machines. Some examples - Avonmore; Restart Cashel Mall, temporary shipping container shops; Ibis Hotel; Novotel; Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower); Heritage Hotel; New Regent St shops; The Press rebuild; Cathedral Junction shops.

There were also shops beyond CCDU's core CBD, mostly in NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame, struggling to do business, surrounded by demolition wastelands & abandoned bldgs, like Westende House; Calendar Girls; Les Mills Gym; Alice in Videoland; C1 Cafe; NG Gallery.

The only organization bustling with activity was the Anglican Cardboard Cathedral by Latimer Sq, on NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint E Frame fringe.

Hot air from authorities like Council, CCDU & Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce needed to progress into new shops, rebuilds & new builds & encouragement of building owners' reopenings of abandoned bldgs, or Christchurch CBD would be a monument to authorities' ineptitude.

While I wandered Hereford St looking at asbestos polluted, part demolished BNZ bank by Colombo St crossing, 3 young women wandered by, one pushing a pram. Infant asbestosis or silicosis imminent.


15.12.13. W view down cordoned Hereford St: Reopened Avonmore College left, part demolished BNZ middle right, reopened Ibis Hotel beyond, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Reopened Avonmore College, cordoned Hereford St, CCDU's core CBD

Back on Manchester St, I wandered back to my car, past vast demolition sites both sides of the road. By Worcester St crossing, on the SW corner was fence cordoned, boarded, steel braced Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant. Any demolition kitsch buyer out there?


15.12.13. Manchester St W view of abandoned Chinese Restaurant & Bistro left, abandoned Hereford Chambers / Mancini's middle, CCDU's core CBD. In 2015 Chinese Restaurant became Mexico Restaurant


15.12.13. Manchester St SW view of abandoned bldgs: Hereford Chambers / Mancini's left, apartments middle, Malvern House right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Abandoned Design & Arts College left, abandoned Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant right, repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind, Manchester St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. Boarded, steel braced & abandoned Trinity Church / Octagon Restaurant, Manchester St, CCDU's core CBD

Across the road was Westende House new build, scene of collapsed Westende Jeweller, Ground Zero in the 04.09.10 quake. Slighted that someone had had the temerity to new build Westende House, before CERA's tyranny, CERA / CCDU in Blueprint orgasm, wanted to demolish new Westende House for CERA's Manchester St widening & Blueprint E Frame fantasies.

Westende House was demolished in July 2015.


15.12.13. Westende House new build, Ground Zero 04.09.10 quake, where Westende Jeweller once stood, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, CCDU's Blueprint E Frame. In July 2015 Westende House was demolished by CERA for Manchester St widening

Both sides of Manchester St, between Worcester St & Gloucester St, had dusty demolition sites going to Latimer Sq. Cathedral Junction had recently opened with slow trading. A big CJ logo was high on the wall Manchester St side. Months ago, at the bottom of the CJ wall, a kitsch artist had splashed orange paint - called street art, as opposed to tagging.


15.12.13. Manchester St NW view of kitsch mural on repaired / reopened Cathedral Junction. Repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind, CCDU's core CBD

I detoured up Gloucester St to New Regent St, kitsch tourist trap. Asian tourists happy snapped there. The Wizard's kitsch, red VW Beetle was parked on New Regent St. It had 2 fronts of 2 VW Beetles welded together, 2 steering wheels, 2 bonnets, 4 doors.


15.12.13. Gloucester St NW view of shipping container wall supporting Isaac Theatre Royal restoration left, repaired / reopened New Regent St middle, abandoned Forsyth Barr behind, CCDU's core CBD 


15.12.13. Repaired / reopened Cathedral Junction, Gloucester St, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. The Wizard's kitsch VW Beetle parked on repaired / reopened New Regent St, CCDU's core CBD

On a neighbouring demolition site was a kitsch demolition mural with a poem by Lorca, memorial to a quake killed Spaniard. People from many lands died in the 22.02.11 quake. On the dusty demolition site locals flogged kitsch on tables. The kitsch bike fixing shack was closed.


15.12.13. Gloucester St demolition site kitsch, behind New Regent St: Rotary tyre / weed pot; mini golf; kitsch wares for sale; kitsch bike repair hut; kitsch mural with Lorca poem, CCDU's core CBD





Corner Gloucester St / Manchester St: More demolition kitsch, a dark mural of Christchurch Cathedral & The Wizard in black garb flailing his arms on a dark & stormy night & a lady in black garb in the right corner. Artists were recently encouraged to cover demolition walls with graffiti art. The real reason was to cover tilt slab, concrete walls, new blots on the CBD.


15.12.13. Kitsch mural right, Gloucester St demolition site, abandoned Sampan House left, repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle, CCDU's core CBD



15.12.13. Empty tourist bus & kitsch road markings, Gloucester St. Repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) behind, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. "Cleaned" demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St, CCDU's core CBD

Council kitsch: Gaudy flowers painted on CBD pavements; garish green stripes painted on Colombo St & Gloucester St roadsides; garish planter tubs & metal flower tubs on roadsides.

Rotary placed orange painted tyres as flower pots on demolition sites. They ended up surrounded by weeds.

Greening the Rubble org tarted up demolition sites with pot plants. The kitsch effect was a dusty, weedy, junky mess.

Corner Gloucester St / Manchester St: On a dirty demolition site, a cordon fence sign read:

THIS SITE WAS
CLEANED
PLANT GANG


15.12.13. Manchester St Bridge view of quake broken, Avon River bank wall, demolished Retour Restaurant dome, abandoned Ernst & Young behind, CCDU's core CBD. Ernst & Young was demolished in 2015


I wandered back to my car along Manchester St past demolished Retour Restaurant. Its copper dome had stood on Avon River bank for months. By 2015 the copper dome was wrapped in white plastic. Beyond was abandoned Ernst & Young, awaiting demolition, Cambridge Tce.


15.12.13. Manchester St W view of demolition sites & abandoned Ernst & Young left, awaiting demolition, Forte Health new build right, CCDU's core CBD

I wandered dry grass by the PGC demolition site & looked S across Avon River at the CBD's post quake skyline. There were few high rises left: restored Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel); glassy The Press new build; restored Novotel; abandoned Forsyth Barr. Abandoned Christchurch Cathedral was below Novotel.

From all viewpoints on my circular walk around CCDUs' core CBD, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral was insignificant. Despite demolitions of some surrounding bldgs, Christchurch Cathedral was still dwarfed by modern bldgs. Angst, protests & wasteful court cases by heritage fanatics were piss in the north west wind.


15.12.13. 18 people died when PGC collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. PGC demolition site S view of CCDU's core CBD & post quake skyline: Repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, The Press rebuild middle left, repaired / reopened Novotel middle right, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral right


15.12.13. PGC demolition site S view of repaired / reopened Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, repaired / reopened New Regent St middle, The Press rebuild right, CCDU's core CBD


15.12.13. PGC demolition site S view of repaired / reopened New Regent St left, The Press rebuild middle left, repaired / reopened Novotel middle right, abandoned Christchurch Cathedral right, CCDU's core CBD

January 2014. More graffiti: Symbols on pavements, spray-painted by contractors sorting infrastructure - many lines, arrows, numbers (many with decimal points) words & letters, including W, H2O, PWR, PW, P, POD, LV, 11KV, S, SW, T/C, Telecom, TC, ENTER, END. A common symbol was a circle with a line through it. Others were white, right angles forming a rectangle, or yellow, parallel, dotted lines signifying areas of asphalt to be cut.

Over the last few weeks on my morning walks, I'd wandered a section of Glandovey Rd between Idris Rd traffic circle & Memorial Ave. Pavements & roadsides were full of contractor symbols beside Ditch Witch drills, concrete cutters, mini diggers & many orange Hi Vis vested workmen. I counted 8 spray-painted, symbol colours signifying different underground pipes, cables & areas to be excavated - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, while dodging road cones & pavement boards ordering me to use the pavement on the other side of the road.

One morning, contractors closed both pavements, barricaded by cones & sign boards & when I crossed the road & looked at the Traffic Management bloke he shook his hard-hatted head in exasperation & embarrassment at all the contractors & traffic activity around him. By the next day he's sorted out pedestrian safety & traffic cones, with one pavement safe for pedestrians the other banned. Glandovey Rd wasn't the only graffiti polluted & contractor clogged road I wandered.

Lettering was inconsistent depending on which contractor did what job. In addition to some of the above spray- painted lines, numbers, colours, words & letters, on Garreg Rd & Ilam Rd I saw E/E with associated direction triangle, SWE, G, XS. Also TELSTRA, London St; GAS, Bealey Ave; CHORUS FIBRE, JOINT, B, each circled, Papanui Rd, Harewood Rd;  DROP, WASTE WATER, WASTE H20, Greers Rd... That sort of graffiti was found all over Christchurch where road & pavement excavations progressed. 

Many SCIRT & Council excavations had warning boards about worker safety behind cordons - Slow Down, 30 km speed limit... but few warnings about driver, cyclist & pedestrian safety.

10.01.14. 3.33 pm, 4.2 mag quake, 9 km depth, 20 km W of Christchurch (Geonet). Jiggled my pc monitor while I edited & thumped my chair, a kick up the arse.

A Greers Rd letter from SCIRT / City Care, dated 16.01.14:

WORKS NOTICE - NIGHT WORK

We are working on the video inspection (CCTV) of the wastewater and / or storm water pipes in your area. This inspection is to determine the extent of repairs required to the pipes as a result of the earthquakes.

We expect to be in your area from the 16th January to 20th January 2014.

Some of this inspection work needs to be carried out at night. There may be noise from the pipe cleaning trucks and flashing lights associated with this work.

We appreciate this work may cause some disturbance to you. We apologize for this and request your patience while we undertake this essential work.

This work is being undertaken by PipeWorks with the work being managed by a City Care representative... Please contact... if you have any questions in relation to these works.

Thank you, 

City Care CCTV

"Disturbance" was CERA understatement, as citizens who'd had such inspections complained about back-blasts of explosive shit in their toilets & bathrooms during inspections. SCIRT / CERA took its time 3 years post 22.02.11 quake, as plumbers had recommended such inspections soon post 04.09.10 quake.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

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