Google is still showing the city as was – St Asaph on a sunny Sunday morning. I cried. It’s still a shock to directly compare the place: I go down there every day, have lived here large chunks of my life, and the old pictures look “righter” than the reality. I must be waiting, in my subconscious, for it all to return to “normal”.
Me too! Do you think we'll have to wait long? Perhaps someone can let us know when Chch comes right again! :-/
Now to stop idly planning other people’s city and maybe try and do something productive.
Rather you than Gerry, Chris! :-)
Sigh. My landlord's circumstances have changed. Anyone wants a flatmate or tenant, drop me an email.
Great post, Emma. And imagine how we will all look back on this, incredulous that there could even have been a debate.
I’d like to propose that the investors so keen to buy our port, power company and airport invest in the stadium and convention centre instead. What- too risky, no return, too expensive? Yet we are supposed to sell assets to pay for them?
the new CBD has no place for the little people like we ratepayers. It will be all Louis Vuitton franchises, McDonalds, and shiny multinational bullshit.
...who will all go broke and close down their stores unless locals shop there. Why would we go to town for the same old crap we can get in the suburbs? The CBD needs to be a destination, and it will only be that if the unique local businesses and niche shops get supported into the new city.
It seems bad manners to document the death of other people’s dreams.
I understand both the impulse to record and the impulse not to. I'm not sure red-zoned folk and their circumstances are better served by their being invisible. How can people in other places understand what's going on if they can't see it?
Would we remember the Dustbowl Drought without Dorothea Lange?
Documentation does serve a purpose.
But context matters too. Perhaps the best possible thing would be to give some red-zoned people the gear and the forum to explain and record their own circumstances.
our toilets still work, it’s just that the wall may fall on us
Toilets of Damocles! Oh dear.
Otherwise it’s take it or have it taken.
There is always the option of making a big fuss and hoping the media supports you. Would CERA back down if faced with enough public outrage? They might.
If I had property in the affected area, that would not inspire confidence.
Well quite. But Gerry already got pulled up by the Courts.
His powers are not actually boundless.