A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Well we’re not short of Parking Spaces!

This sign has been put up on an empty lot that’s on the corner of Welles and Manchester Streets. It is indeed true that we have a lot of parking in the centre city now, though this sign is in no way official! Someone with a satirical sense of humour has gone to quite a bit of trouble to make this sign, so I had to go to the trouble of at least photographing it.

The parking companies have been quick to move in and provide parking on the empty lots all around the central city. And, regardless of what you may personally think of this, people are actually using them and paying for them. Though I hate the reason WHY these parking spots are there, I have to admit it sure is convenient when I want to visit the restart mall. And, people also have a right to make some return from their land investments.

I recently parked in a spot on Colombo Street and could not for the life of me work out if I should be paying for it and if so, then to which parking company (as there were two near by). So I ended up parking for free… just like everyone else who was parked there. Hmm, now that I think about it, I don’t think it was a parking space, just an empty lot we all took advantage of as the paid ones were all full up.

Isn’t it funny how people complain about companies capitalising on these vacant lots, but if there’s no parking then that’s also a personal disaster for them, cos they might actually have to walk a block or two.

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Michelle is a Christchurch web designer and photography fan living in Christchurch New Zealand.


  1. Steffe on May 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    People often discuss parking related problems. I usually listen with one ear, then they ask me about it, and I say well I can park my bicycle anywhere and what where we discussing again?

    • Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Steffe, you made me laugh when I saw your cycling comment. Spoken like a true convert to the cycle transport. Cycling in Christchurch is quite adventurous at the moment, the roads have to be experienced to really understand why many citizens have had to pay for big car repair bills. Some roads could qualify as a fairground attraction!

  2. Robert on May 31, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Looking at the picture above, am I the only one thinking of small garden plots within the preexisting borders provided? They could be the more traditional types such as vegetable or flower gardens, but I’m also thinking if there’s enough interest among enough people, a group Penjing project would be most fascinating! Anything to keep the kids (even adults too) occupied and feeling productive during all this down time would be a blessing with a positive impact for the future.

    Just casting one small seed… 🙂

    • Michelle on May 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Robert, you are thinking along the same lines as a local Christchurch group called ‘Greening the Rubble’ – once they have permission from the land owner, they set up displays and gardens – they are quite innovative and work in with the Gap Filler project as well. Some very exciting things happening in Christchurch – people power at work, taking over these sad spaces and making them so much better.

      • Robert on June 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Thanks for the info — I did some searching and found the ‘Greening the Rubble’ website (which I bookmarked) and was very impressed. You’re not kidding about thinking along the same lines!

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