Getting on with it

St AlbansI never thought the sound of graders scraping the road, trucks rumbling and bobcats beeping would make me happy. They do now because they mean people are getting on with fixing roads, water and sewerage plus dozens of other useful things.

Today I walked to St Albans to have coffee with a friend. The corner of Edgeware Road and Barbadoes Street is home to a large empty section where a two storey row of shops once stood. They came down after the September quake. Still standing nearby are two furniture craftsmen – both open, and a cafe/collectibles shop. The place was a hive of activity and I took some pictures to show something of what was going on.

Christchurch City Libraries Flickr site has some other great photos showing post quake activity – story telling, community meetings and so on. Keep an eye on it as over the next few months as it records the rising up and rebuilding of our city.

Community groups are getting on with it too – Trees for Canterbury and Club Havana are just two examples. If your club is up and running again let us know at CINCH (Community Information Christchurch) and we’ll add a message. If your meeting place has changed we can add that too.

3 thoughts on “Getting on with it

  1. richard 22 March 2011 / 12:17 pm

    It’s great to see people picking up and carrying on. Lyttelton is also a hive of activity, with people doing their best to carry on – I wonder what other neighbourhoods are like?

  2. Donna 22 March 2011 / 12:28 pm

    Great post and photos Marion, as someone who will be moving into this area v soon it’s nice to see it humming along.

  3. jane 22 March 2011 / 1:59 pm

    Heathcote’s cafe is closed and the roastery damaged, but I noticed yesterday that they were making coffee out on the pavement and the locals were enjoying the brew!

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