As depressing as I found the state of destruction in Christchurch, there were some signs of rebirth around the city. The most prominent one is the Re:Start Mall on Cashel St.
It’s a great idea for bringing people back in to the city, but the one resident I stopping and asked about it had a little bit of a different opinion. “Yeah, people are trying around here, but this one small thing doesn’t make up for the stuff that’s not getting done. Before the quake, on a Saturday like this, there would have been heaps of things going on down here, and there would have been families riding bikes and couples out for a stroll. It may look like it is getting better here, but walk a couple of blocks away from here- it’s like a ghost town.”
He went on to say that, even 15 months later, a lot of Christchurch’s residents still lived in fear of what another quake would do to the city.
I can only hope that Christchurch continues down to path of rebirth as seen at the Re:Start Mall, but he’s right- they do have such a long way to go.