It's hard to overstate the impact these earthquakes have had on the city. When Nana and I visited in July of 2012, large parts of the downtown area, including the central business district, were still cordoned off as engineers worked to ensure the stability of the buildings inside.
|Red = extreme danger.|
|Several foot and road bridges still haven't been repaired.|
At the same time, plans to demolish the remaining structure of Christchurch Cathedral, we learned, were moving ahead, though not without some local opposition.
|One of the locals we chatted with basically told us that, for many people, Christchurch is the Cathedral.|
Tough stuff for a recovering community. In the meantime, though, the commercial tenants of the red zone are working hard to return to business as usual. Nowhere is this more evident than in the re:START "pop-up mall," a temporary shopping center built out of recycled shipping containers.