Here are some pictures of unfinished parts of the Christchurch city centre eleven years on from the earthquakes.
Although there has been some terrific progress in some parts of the city, it amazes me how many sites still haven’t been rebuilt. In some cases they looks as though the earthquake happened last week, rather than over a decade ago. I don’t think I’m the only one surprised at how long it is taking.
But they say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I guess rebuilding a flattened Christchurch is somewhat akin to building Rome.
There are many more sites like this; this is just a handful of snaps from a half-hour walk around the city centre.
In some ways I find it a bit depressing seeing all the damage still so visible, but at the same time it makes me marvel even more at the complex organism that is a city, and the enormous volume of human effort that is required to build and sustain one.
Rome took a lot longer than 10 years to build, but it’s still here thousands of years later. If Christchurch is anything like that, these years of rebuilding will eventually pale into insignificance.
“Rome was not bylt on a daie (quoth he) and yet stood Tyll it was fynysht.”John Heyword, 1538