Around dinner tables and in café’s around the city, folks chat about the progress or lack thereof in Christchurch. It seems everyone has an opinion. And rightly so, it is our city. I’ve heard a few conversations about how our beautiful city is going to be replaced with a bunch of ugly tilt slab buildings.
The thing is, yes we want a beautiful city, but the flip side is we need a city. We need buildings and businesses and all that entails. We need it now. I read yesterday there’s still another year of demolitions. Time is ticking on the clock, the people of Christchurch can not wait for ever. Also the supply of money is limited, I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain all that to anyone.
In fifty years time, imagine what Christchurch will look like. Yes it might have some ugly buildings, I’m pretty sure it will not be exactly like the dreams the visionaries have right now. Hopefully there will be lots of green spaces and beautiful trees.
But that is ok. The earthquakes have devastated Christchurch. Earthquakes have devastated the people of Christchurch. In fifty years time the important thing won’t be how the city looks, it will be how the people live in that city. Visitors to Christchurch might remark on the beautiful gardens and the established trees, they might remark on the ugly buildings.
But what they will go away with will be their memories of the Christchurch people, the creative and interesting vibe that the city has. The back drop may end up dull and a little grey, but the people who have reinvented themselves will be what dresses up the city of Christchurch and make it a place everyone wants to visit.
It’s already begun with things like Gapfiller and all the amazing graffiti art and the Art Gallery Installations. What if we just got on with rebuilding in the best way we can and focus on being as creative as we can in the way we live in this city.
That’s my five cents worth anyhow.
What do you think??