For use by those in Christchurch or with ties here, but hopefully a good read for all others.
I feel the work being done in the CBD, aka Red Zone is poor. The demolition crews seem to work 5 days a week. There is always rubbish on the side of the roads. I felt and assumed that the demotion will be high priority, as you cannot make a start on the infrastructure and rebuilding until all those buildings that are going, have gone. A guy from New Orleans visited recently to pass on his learnings from Katrina. Saturday morning, the red zone was empty of any activity, he was shocked , as am I. Businesses have relocared, or gone bust (those that were not adequately insured) You would have to say that as time goes on, that these businesses will give up on returnng to the CBD as they will be entrenched in theor new location, and there is no timeline, no matter how rough to go by. The CCC talks about the need to get back to business as soon as possible. When this happened, neighbours and I would talk over this, as many of us do/did here, and I am so disappointed in the lack of activity in there. Maybe I had he mistaken hope that the goal was to get the buildings levelled urgently. You cannot do anything until that happens, so I expected 7 day/24 hour shifts, even if the evening shifts were removing rubble thats a start. If the public see this work and progress being made, they will be keen to be apart of the rebuilding/repatriation, but for me, I am losing interest.