Beauty in my Broken City

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I had to venture into town today, across from the newly developed ReStart precinct. Going into the central city in Christchurch is not as it used to be. For readers who may not be aware, my hometown suffered two devastating earthquakes a couple of years ago. The second of which (February 22nd 2011) resulted in the deaths of 185 people, injuries to thousands, and destruction of most of our inner city and many suburbs.  We lived in a surreal and disjointed environment. Since the first biggie on 4th September 2010, Christchurch has suffered over 11,000 aftershocks. Some were minor. Some made you hide under the desk and hug your children. Some people left town.

The city is ever-changing. Every now and then, streets re-open for you to glimpse the cleared land, partial demolition, and to try to work out where all those pieces of Christchurch-Past that you loved, used…

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