Proposed for 2015-2017, a green square where you can hang around and have a picnic. (draft cc plan)
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is nearly a year ago that on the 4th of September we had a horrible wake up call from a 7.1 earthquake. I remember it as if it happened yesterday. Since then we had 30 significant earth quakes of magnitude 5.0 and above and 2622 ones between magnitude 3 and 5.
They are not over yet but the frequency is a lot lower and we don't get any big ones anymore (hopefully)
There has been a lot of demolishing going on and this process isn't finished yet. Furthermore they are busy planning for the new city centre. The people of Christchurch have put their ideas forward and the Draft Central City Plan has been created.
Change,change,change,but all for the good. The plan is ready for consultation with the public and I think many people will agree fully with the following great ideas:
- They want to widen the banks of the river, where people can walk and cycle.
- A compact place for shopping
- A rail system
- A green Cathedral square
- A new central library and convention centre
- Lots of parks, green open spaces and low rise buildings
- and more
In the area where I work there are lots of changes going on as well. The community is going to work closer together, a timebanking system will be set up where people e.g. give an hour of work and somebody else will give an hour in return.
All good, but we are still completely at the beginning and it is going to take a long time to bring everything into practise. But we have to take it one step at the time, be patient and watch it grow.
My biggest hope is that it brings jobs for the young people as the youth unenployment is very high at the moment and that can have devastating consequences. When they are able to stay here they will than live in a new revamped city with lots of new possibilities.
The council also has a virtual tour on their side which takes you through the heart of the city with rubble, no people, no cars, empty spaces. Lets hope that it is going to change soon.
Rise up Christchurch KIA KAHA