CBD Photos

Watching St Elmos apartments coming down.

Yesterday I realised that from the gardens I was able to walk two blocks up to Durham Street, so took the opportunity to take some photos and see for myself what this part of the CBD is like. It was not as bad as I was expecting which is a relief, but then there is that great unknown of what the rest of the CBD is like past the cordon. Seeing photos is one thing, but until you walk the streets you don’t really get a true feeling for how things have changed, so I am not looking forward to being able to see the rest of the CBD. I was surprised at how many people were walking around this area or cycling it – not a lot but more than I expected. I talked to a few of them and found out about there experiences and narrow escapes, and they were feeling the same as me – they just had to come and have a look.

More photos from my walk (which was from the gardens, down Worcester street, into Durham and then down Hereford and back to the gardens.


  • 6 years ago

    It doesn’t look too bad, does it? And yet they say the Arts Centre will cost $100 million to fix. Damage can be subtle, a house looks fine at a glance and then you realise that there are cracks in the foundations, half the doors won’t shut properly and the other half won’t open, and the floors aren’t level (the EQC guy spotted that ours weren’t, and we hadn’t noticed at all. But a marble on the floor rolled merrily across the room).

  • 6 years ago

    Your posts about the earthquake recovery have been really interesting!

    You have a unique chance to tell us the story of recovering city that we wouldn’t be able to follow otherwise. There are lots of things that are too small for the media but very significant for those who have to live through them.

  • 6 years ago

    Thanks for the pics michelle … i’ve been itching to go and have a look for some time now but haven’t got round to it (the traffic nightmare is putting me off) but I think I’ll just have to bike in (and get some closure 🙂

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