Change … this word has a particularly poignant meaning for Christchurch residents, following the earthquakes which shook our province and our city in 2010 and 2011. Adjusting to the changes brought about by circumstances beyond our control continues to challenge us all.
Along with residential eastern suburbs, Christchurch’s central business district was particularly hard hit, and recovery is a long, slow process. Yesterday I took the opportunity to visit, for the first time, the Restart Mall (formerly known as City Mall) in Cashel Street, and also ventured into areas around Colombo, High and Hereford Streets where the cordoned-off area has recently been reduced (I’ll cover these in a separate post).
Shops in the Restart Mall are constructed of bright, colourful (and strong!) shipping containers, which might sound decidedly odd, but you know what? It works! With some delightful street entertainment, flower baskets and topiary animals, and plenty of spots to sit and indulge in some people-watching, there was a happy hum to the place which brought a smile to my face and made me glad I’d taken the time to visit.
Here also is a link to further information and pictures of City Mall in the past:
PS: Did you notice the young lad with the red guitar sitting at the feet of the busker? His name is Oscar, and I’ll do a separate post with more photos of him as well – he was just adorable! 🙂