Broken City Centre

 

the demise of the price waterhouse cooper building – once taller than the one on the left of the photo

I have been showing two groups of people around the city centre of Christchurch this week.  In many ways it feels like life has returned closer to normal until one drives into the CBD.  There are blocks of city that are so bare now that it is disorienting.
The Press today idenitied another series of buildings that are going, uncertain or staying.  Most seem to be going, see more:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/print-edition/3523107/Todays-front-page

One lovely part of the city that is staying is New Regent Street – a wonderful boutique street that is prfoundly lovely and quite out of place with much of what was developed in the city.  The ugly building at the end of the street (as pictured) is one building that might not make it – here’s hoping, as immediately behind this monstrosity is the Avon River… what a vista to recover!

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