Boomtown/Ghost-town

by Donna Robertson

Where are we at? Four years ago, on 4 September 2010, Christchurch and Canterbury was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. This morning I went back to my old stomping ground.

My old place. It is now a Wilsons Carpark. But our mailbox is still there.

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A Castrol ghostsign on Victoria Street.

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Stately prows of new building on the corner of Salisbury and Victoria Streets, and one in Durham Street North.

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A worker takes a break by the Casino.

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The Government Life building creeps lower, with Mike Hewson’s art reflecting its former dimensions.

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The Central Library on Gloucester Street.

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On the streets you see the conversation between pre- and post-quake Christchurch, between boomtown and ghosttown.

Blossoms and crane on Victoria Street.

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Chris Heaphy’s Whare and Neil Dawson’s Chalice

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