Weekly Photo Challenge: Change (Take 2)

In my previous post for the Weekly Photo Challenge, I mentioned that I had also visited other areas in Colombo, High and Hereford Streets, now accessible again following a reduction in the cordoned-off red zone area of the central city.  Even from the Restart Mall, you can see evidence of work still to be done in clearing demolished buildings further along the street behind the security fence:

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I walked down to Colombo Street (the main street which runs north-south through the centre of the city), which is still partly closed off as work continues on demolition and repair of buildings damaged in the earthquakes, and then turned left and walked up to the intersection of Hereford, High and Colombo Streets.  Being only one block from Cathedral Square, site of the iconic Christchurch Cathedral and previously a venue for many events and festivities, it could be argued that this used to be the busiest intersection of all in the central city, with office blocks and/or retail shopping on all corners.

I stood in the middle of the intersection and panned round in a clockwise direction with the camera, starting by looking south down Colombo Street towards the Port Hills …

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Yes, you could say there’s been a bit of change there, couldn’t you …

And then I wandered down High Street:

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The writing on the door of this building relates to a check made by search and rescue personnel on 27 February (5 days after the 6.3 ‘quake), and indicates that the building was clear and nobody was found inside.  I’m presuming that the figures at the bottom  are the entry and exit times and date for the team involved.  What a stressful job that must have been …

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… and another 360° pan, starting out facing west towards Colombo Street and the Restart Mall:

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Lots of change there, too:  and I’m struggling to remember what was there before, to be honest …

On my way back to the mall I did a bit of a double take when I spotted a lonely figure on top of this building:

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… and then realised when I zoomed in that it wasn’t a REAL person! 🙂

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As everyone keeps reminding us, this whole earthquake recovery thing is a marathon and not a sprint – I wonder what the area will look like in a year’s time … two years’ time … five and ten years’ time:  I shall have to come back to see! 🙂

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