Last weekend the City Council opened up Cathedral Square so that citizens could make a final visit to Christ Church Cathedral before it is demolished. Apparently it has been damaged beyond repair by
'Old Bucky' (as a newspaper columnist famously nicknamed the earthquakes of the last 1.5 years).
Whether this is true or not is contested. Even The Wizard (doesn't every town have one?), has come out of retirement to lend his considerable personality to the 'Save The Cathedral' project.
Below are some pics taken on our walk through the Re:Start Container Mall (temporary city mall)
and to Cathedral Square. I think this gives you a good idea of what the city centre looks like more than a year after the 'big one'.
|The gap (right) is where Vivace coffee shop used to be.|
|starbucks! When I can go back in here, I'll know things are getting back to normal.|
Here is a 'before' pic and a slight older 'after' pic (pre-June and December 23rd 2011 aftershocks)