Re:Start Cashel Mall, Christchurch

 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.

Some ingenious soul figured out a way to get many of the business downtown effected by the earthquake back in business. Using huge cargo shipping containers, they have built a makeshift mall within a block of the ‘Red Zone’ in Christchurch’s Central Business District. 

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.

3 Responses to “Re:Start Cashel Mall, Christchurch”

  1. Kristin Repsher says:

    It's interesting to hear the local's point of view on the state of the city. They have such a long way to go and I agree with Jeremy — I don't think Christchurch will ever be what it was before the earthquake. Hopefully they successfully rebuild and create a city that's even more vibrant than it was beforehand! 

    I love the Re:Start mall idea. It's one of the things I had to miss on my trip but that I'm really keen to go back to see. Such a good idea, and at least it's getting some people back into the city and back into a sort of normal routine.

  2. Scott says:

    creativity out of necessity at it's finest, eh?

  3. It's amazing to see how much Christchurch is still trying to rebuild from all the devastation.  They are slowly making progress but I am not sure this city will ever be the same as it was.

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