I haven’t had the time or energy to post on here the last few days, for the obvious reason. Although I was in Wellington at the time of the quake, I have been kept busy and in constant worry about family, friends and the city in general, just as many others have during this terrible event.
Seeing the Christchurch Cathedral in ruins, other buildings collapsed, streets in chaos and people injured, homeless, and dead, brings it home that this is not going to be something so easy to recover from. Indeed, things may never be the same again.
Many historic buildings and landmarks will either be destroyed, modified or cut-back due to excessive damage. Its possible whole swathes of the CBD will have to be bulldozed and rebuilt. In the short-term the city is bound to suffer economically, some people might even move on and things will be hard. Worst of all though, people have died.
With this in mind, I started to feel that this blog might be a bit redundant. However, I now feel that Christchurch is bound to leap back. The government (local and central) seems intent on rebuilding Christchurch and getting it back on its feet asap. Really, we have to achieve this. This is New Zealand’s second largest city, it’s just too important not to make it great again.
There is a silver lining of sorts in that we now have a chance to think a bit more about the kind of city we want, so this will be interesting to watch develop. Transport will obviously be a crucial issue during this period, so I believe this blog will be as important as ever as we head into an uncertain, yet interesting, future.
For now though, it’s an incredibly sad time and my heart goes out to everyone affected, whether they have lost loved ones, their homes, or their business. Its going to be tough, but we will get through this. I certainly hope the next post on this blog can be something more positive.