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Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD & the Minister for Building & Construction.

Friday, 24 March 2017 9:03 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Well that was a bit of a joke.   An answer from The Minister for Building and Construction, Dr Nick Smith.  He tells me: “I am unable to get involved in individual disputes”…. “talk to the Christchurch City Council…”  or ” …

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

High Street – Derelict Buildings in the Christchurch CBD…

Thursday, 16 March 2017 9:37 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

What’s New in Lower High Street: 6 years and 1 month after the 22nd February 2011 quake and still neither the Government or the Christchurch City Council have made any attempt to deal with building owners who refuse to repair/sell …

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Inaccessible City- The CHCH CBD

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:25 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

As a follow on from my last post in January. I note that I have not had a response from the Building Minister, Nick Smith, regarding the implementation of stronger legislation in Christchurch or even attempt to force recalcitrant building …

Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Earthquake Strengthening legislation

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Earthquake Strengthening legislation -one rule for Wellington and for us?

Thursday, 26 January 2017 8:45 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

“The Government is using emergency powers introduced after the November 2016 quake to require the work in Wellington, Lower Hutt, and Blenheim, where there is a heightened risk of an aftershock, to force 300 building owners to strengthen within a …

How many  Bars and Cafes do we need?

How many Bars and Cafes do we need?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 9:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

How many bars and cafes does the Christchurch CBD need?  The short answer is not as many as it has. I see that Liz McDonald from The Press has written a few articles and begun to discuss the issue.  The …

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Quake Prone Buildings….again or is that still….

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:27 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

There has been a flurry of articles recently, about quake prone buildings.  I do not expect any action to be taken as a result of these articles.   I think that this issue is way too hard for the powers that …

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Life in the Christchurch CBD Red Zone….

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Due to the fact that the Christchurch City Council does not do any maintenance in parts of our street (ie cleaning, removing rubbish, fixing water leaks etc) in the red Zone fenced off area,  we have taken to doing our own rudimentary “street sweeping”.   It is a dirty,  wet, smelly and unhygienic mess.  We got tired of the mess being walked into our factory area!

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Christchurch rebuilding- St Asaph Street Roadworks…

Thursday, 1 December 2016 8:59 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I have been watching the new road works proceeding in St Asaph Street with some horror.  Not only is the new High Street entry from Madras Street damn dangerous (you have a constant stream of one way traffic behind you …

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Business waits years for quake damage to neighbours to be fixed…

Monday, 28 November 2016 8:05 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Oh dear, my infamy continues. A well-balanced report by Rachel Graham  A Christchurch Reporter, discussing the issue of abandoned and unrepaired buildings.  It is rather topical at the moment due to the “slow train wreck” that is the Wellington CBD.  …

Wellington edition of Shaky Town Blues,  a guide to abandoned and derelict buildings. Part 191

Wellington edition of Shaky Town Blues, a guide to abandoned and derelict buildings. Part 191

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 3:24 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

How to survive being surrounded by derelict Buildings and Fencing in the Christchurch CBD especially written for Wellington Retailers,  How to cope with Derelict and Abandoned buildings, red stickering etc and what to expect! This is a survival guide for …

Earthquake Pains continue…part 190

Earthquake Pains continue…part 190

Sunday, 20 November 2016 9:36 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Ah, and so it begins again…  The “powers that be” begin to repeat the same mistakes that they made here in Christchurch.   It starts with a lack of consultation and a lack of communication… I feel the pain of …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD..  Have another big shake!

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD.. Have another big shake!

Monday, 14 November 2016 8:13 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Wa hoo, that was a roller coaster ride.  It went on for ever…  well maybe 60 seconds.  It is the first one in 6 years that had me under the doorway. Quick up date:  I checked High Street very early …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 188

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 188

Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:08 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

Humm…..  I wonder… James Lunday.   Urban Designer and Economic Development Entrepreneur. http://www.la3.com.au/our-network-our-people/australia-office/2-uncategorised/138-australia-james-lunday.html “Jim also had starring performance on Gerard Smyth’s recent series. Link Here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201811229/gerard-smyth-christchurch-dilemmas   Jim was a welder in the Glasgow Shipyards. He was sent to Strathclyde University …

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in The Christchurch CBD…part 187

How not to Repair a Heritage Building in The Christchurch CBD…part 187

Monday, 24 October 2016 6:19 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Marketing the CBD. I note with considerable surprise that there is No Marketing Plan to encourage businesses and customers back to the Christchurch CBD.  I consider that creating a functioning CBD is one of the most important issues that the …

The Protests at the Art Gallery/CERA Headquarters March 2011…. for the record…

The Protests at the Art Gallery/CERA Headquarters March 2011…. for the record…

Sunday, 25 September 2016 9:26 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I note that my original post for the protest at the Art gallery has been removed by the powers that be, it was less than complimentary of Minister Brownlee’s behaviour.  

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD, High Street Saga gets ugly…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchurch CBD, High Street Saga gets ugly…

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 6:43 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

My Gosh the saga continues, now the truth starts to come out. It is ugly. I had prepared a blog weeks ago regarding this issue, which I have just had to trash as this latest Press article is a beauty.  …

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

How not to Repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD- now its road works time -CCC & Fulton Hogan

Thursday, 21 July 2016 4:28 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Just when a retail colleague and I were jointly preparing to open up our temporary retail pop-up shop,  to quit some stock before Christmas, the Christchurch City Council and Fulton Hogan Contractors decide to dig up our intersection on the corner of High/St Asaph and Madras Street.   Fine and dandy.

How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

How NOT to rebuild Christchurch

Friday, 1 July 2016 10:19 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Jeepers, oh what fun…  

How not to repair a Heritage Precinct in the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Precinct in the Christchurch CBD

Friday, 24 June 2016 8:01 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

I had heard whispers that this was happening.  A very interesting article by NICK TRUEBRIDGE    23.6.16 “Christchurch development figures start new company, launch High Court proceedings” Christchurch at its worst.  A group of “well connected” City businessmen trying to protect …

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

How not to repair a Heritage Street In the Christchurch CBD

Sunday, 3 April 2016 11:40 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Oh the irony. How delicious…. On one hand we have the very public spectacle of a building owner in New Regent Street facing public condemnation from the other building owners about her reticence to repair her units in the New …

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD Part 173

Saturday, 20 February 2016 8:22 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Well here we are, 5 years on since the February 2011 earthquake that decimated Christchurch.  On Monday there will be tears shed, politicians will say soothing words and the verbosity will flow.  (I notice this morning that we have lots …

How not to repair a heritage building in Christchurch CBD part 172

How not to repair a heritage building in Christchurch CBD part 172

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:16 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So What is new in High Street? Well Rangiora’s High Street is moving forward with its re-development.  Lucky them. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/north-canterbury/75734380/rangioras-high-street-developments-taking-shape There is noticeable progress on the rebuild on the Mckenzie & Willis site, behind us. I believe this is due …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 8:41 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Hot off the Press… Notification that the South Frame details have been announced.  (The ones that have been sitting on the ministers desk for over 6 months….. Link here:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/73878366/south-frame-details-and-drawings-revealed “The powers that be” have finally released the South Frame …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in the Christchuch CBD, Part 167….

Monday, 12 October 2015 7:37 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So, whats new in Lower High Street….. 

Heritage on the rocks… in High Street.

Heritage on the rocks… in High Street.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:17 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

News Flash from Lower High Street… After lying in rubble for over 3 years, the burnt out Billen’s building in Lower High street, is finally under demolition today. From this to this: to demolition under way now: It is good …

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…part 165…. Still waiting For Building consent….

Thursday, 27 August 2015 9:11 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

So whats new in High Street today?  Nearly 5 years on from the September 2010 Quake…  

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

How not to repair a Heritage Building in Christchurch CBD…

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 8:04 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Whats new in High Street: I have been waiting now for over 8 months for the much promised Public Realm Lane ways network plan for the Innovation precinct. The lack of the plan is holding up development in the precinct. …