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  • Just thinking,

    The one-way system has to go. There was no need for it when we had a City Centre and there's no need for it now.
    Two way traffic and no parking on the side, (sounds like cycle lanes to me). This will lead to slower travel across town, allowing for more cycling and walking.
    Planning for good public transport as a carrot will have the stick of less street carparks.
    Traffic Engineers as a profession are a deadly joke - see Manners Mall.

    As for Athfield, most of what he says is accepted as logical. The way he says it comes from his love of wine & is the main problem.
    All comments on Heritage accepted as he has no interest in it other than its destruction. Which is what happened to all of his stairswells in every building he designed in Christchurch. How do you like that 1980s buildings now?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Ian Athfield was my Mum and Dad’s best man at their wedding in Christchurch. He is from Christchurch.
    Jus’ sayin’ {;)

    I stand corrected. And I'm not saying he's a bad person, or a bad architect, just that he's not a town planner, and he's made very aggressive public statements about both eliminating the one-way system and reducing public transport. This makes me very angry. It's not his business.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    There was a YouTube video a while back that seems to have vanished. In a repeated loop, Ian Athfield appears about to make some kind of public statement. An orange-jacketed and visibly annoyed Mayor Parker aggressively inserts himself between Athfield and the camera and takes a pace backwards, effectively shoving the relatively diminutive architect out of shot.

    Athfield's sudden post-quake involvement, and even more sudden departure, now seems just another loopy chapter in what's becoming a very ugly saga. Lyn Williams's interesting - for me - opinion piece has been online since last December. It's the kind of thing that the Press reject in favour of the witterings of Mike Yardley.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Here are four of Checkpoint Charlie.

    I really don't know what to think about that wobbly writing on a whiteboard propped against a chair, even carparks have more "Official" looking signs. You can't take these things seriously...?.
    The whole situation seems to be in the control of clowns, how do you know when it's "Red Nose Day" down there?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Has Athfield gone? So who's meant to be in charge, then??

    Lyn Williams makes some fair points about the sacking of ECan and the sweeping antidemocratic powers of CERA and Brownlee, and about the seeming cronyism between central government and Parker and business interests, but he lost me when he connects these things with red-zoning.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    To tell you the truth i have no clue who is doing what but to step inside the cordon of these tow beaches would not be in my interest. There is back up somewhere and all they have to do is call the cops and hey presto.
    Frankly i am losing interest at the entire Schlamassel .

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lilith __,

    Has Athfield gone? So who's meant to be in charge, then??

    Good question. Effectively, insofar as the position of "architectural ambassador" has any practical meaning, he's been gone for months. In practice his status seems to be every bit as nebulous as the distinction between Council and Cera. Presumably there's some form of stipend involved.
    As for Williams, I didn't have a problem with the piece, apart from its pessimism being all too convincing.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Exciting things do happen in Christchurch still. Really. We've learned to make our own fun. Heavy machinery near breakthrough at the CrownPlaza hotel to open up Victoria Square again. (Webcam updates every 30 secs)

    http://www.chchcasino.co.nz/webcam

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2636 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    We've learned to make our own fun.

    No webcam yet for the mouldering compost of Dave Henderson's mini-empire.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    As controversy rages and the good citizens of ChCh are getting more frustrated by the day Joe whipped up this little gem yesterday. Bless you and thank you Joe.

    http://porcupinefarm.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/no-plaster-sainthoods-to-go-with.html?spref=fb

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    Heh.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2636 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Nice one, Joe. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Anyway we are still waiting for EQC to repair our place so i thought it fit take a break and see the wee seal pups. A great joy is seeing them not afraid of humans (yet)and behaving as little ones do. barking and squealing like kindergarten kids.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    Up a long creek they make their way to the waterfall

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    A little out of place.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    ANZAC DAY

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

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    CRAMNER SQUARE

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    CRAMNER SQUARE

    nice pix, but – it should be Cranmer Sq….
    (tip: no ham in Hanmer ,
    no cram in Cranmer…)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    Well now i know.Back in my hut.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Hebe,

    The Crown Plaza might be fun to watch, but try working there.
    We get the thudding vibrations and jolts up the spine that make concerntration, a little hard.
    I dread going to work, not for the job but the environment. I'm calling the Central Bulldozer District, Mordor these days.
    Will be leaving town soonish.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela, in reply to Just thinking,

    I know what you mean. Whenever I'm in the bakery round the corner where huge demolition trucks thunder past, the very same feeling . I recall a lot of liquefaction on the 22nd of Feb and it must be just bog where the building was built. I did take a picture of the crowne plaza a few days ago and watched a young man holding a coffee cup and a cigarette. There is obviously no place to have a break and no time.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150816319037345&set=a.10150711431647345.449318.548682344&type=3&theater

    Sad to think you have to leave to get peace in your workplace.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    no cram in Cranmer…

    As one who used to cram just next to Cranmer, I beg to differ.

    (written to you from sunny Sunmer by the sea. :-D

    And thanks for the pics, Gudrun.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    And no sun in Sumner- sumone who grew up with that

    (It was no ham in Hanmer & no sun Sumner-)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Gudrun Gisela,

    This all makes sense in a way. If only i had that kind of teaching. Thank you for explaining it.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Just thinking,

    Ouch; I was insensitive. I loathe the thuds and thumps and feel daily blessed that I do not work near the red zone. Not only the noise ,but the demo dust must contain all sorts of nastiness -- and I have seen nothing that makes me believe air quality is being managed (or that it is even possible to manage). A sticky grunge covers the outside of our house now -- I thought it would stop once the liquefaction down the road and around the corner was dealt with. I'm assuming there is a lot more dust in the air from the demolitions (the CBD is 2 to 3km from our house near the base of the hills).

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2636 posts Report Reply

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