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Public finally have access to the area along Oxford Terrace between Cashel and Hereford Streets.  The Bridge of Remembrance is available once more.

Bridge of Remembrance

Bridge of Remembrance

Some people have asked why the “rusty” marks haven’t been removed.  The bridge is made from a Tasmanian stone which contains iron that sometimes leaches out, and this can’t be cleaned away.

For years I sat on these terraces to eat my lunch, and I’m pleased they’ve been replaced.

Oxford Terraces & Hereford Street Bridge

Oxford Terraces & Hereford Street Bridge

The new terraces have inscriptions.

Inscriptions on steps

Inscriptions on steps

This one reads “Ko Otakaro te ingoa, noku tenei whenua.”  My reo is very basic, but I think it means “My name is Otakaro (Avon), this is my land.”

On the west bank a descendant of the Gallipoli Lone Pine was planted last year to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.  It has a strong protective covering.

Lone Pine behind fence

Lone Pine behind fence

“My lunch spot now has been renewed
and ducks again will beg for food.”

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They’re finally pulling down Charles Luney House on the corner of Manchester Street and Oxford Terrace.  There are fences all around, Oxford Terrace has been closed off, and my usual route home is difficult to negotiate.

Luney demolition first day

Luney demolition first day

The crane is equipped with a water hose to keep the dust down, and I got sprinkled as I went by.

Luney demolition second day

Luney demolition second day

This building was formerly occupied by The Public Trust.  It’s disturbing to learn that another Public Trust Building, one with heritage status, may also go.

“Why do so many have to go
when residents are crying “No!”?

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Oxford Terrace has been cut off at the Barbadoes Street Bridge because of wastewater repairs.  While repairs are going on underground the wastewater is travelling through a rubber bypass, which crosses Oxford Terrace and precludes traffic there.

Wastewater Bypass

Wastewater Bypass

The wastewater is being pumped up from a person-hole in the footpath, and presumably comes from the houses in Nova Place, including ours.  I asked “our” wastewater workers, but they knew nothing about it because it’s being done by a different crew.

The wastewater comes out of this hole in the footpath

The wastewater comes out of this hole in the footpath

All this is a real pain for those still living in Hurley Street because they have to take the long way round Oxford Terrace by the river, a road that it is full of mounds and potholes.  Some people were taking a shortcut across “our” field (the old Star and Garter site), but the owners put a stop to that with a chain and a padlock.

The chain stopped the shortcut

The chain stopped the shortcut

Yesterday I saw a vehicle sneaking across at another point where the chain fence must have been breached.  I certainly can’t blame them.  They’ve been cut off for weeks with little sign of progress.

“It’s maddening when your road is blocked
and your alternate way is locked.”

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When I left the library at 5pm yesterday it was cold, dark, and raining.  I decided to check whether a bus was soon due, and to my delight one appeared immediately which could take me to within a few blocks of home.  With heavy traffic the bus crawled along Tuam Street, and I was aware I could have walked as quickly, but was glad to be inside, warm and dry, and supporting public transport.

Walking the last few blocks was dreary – it’s unusual for me to be walking home in the dark, but it is almost midwinter.  I’d expected to be going out to meet some friends that evening, but got messages from two to say they weren’t prepared to venture out.  I contacted the others and we agreed to cancel.  This meant I could stay in the warm and watch “Elementary”.  There’s no sign yet of the forecast snow, so this morning it’s off to work as usual.

While typing this (just after 6am) I’ve watched three separate police cars (easily distinguished by their flashing lights) drive the wrong way down Barbadoes Street and into Oxford Terrace.  Is there something sinister going on in our local red zone?  One car is now sitting at the corner, with no headlights on – very strange, but I need to go and have breakfast.

“An evening spent home, snug and warm,
beats going out into the storm.”

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Tuesday night’s blizzard brought hail and even some snow.  Wednesday morning there was lots of ice in the back yard.

Ice in the back yard

Icy back yard scene

Knowing that my usual path through Latimer Square would have puddles and ice patches, I decided to take the recently opened path through Cathedral Square and along Oxford Terrace.  I used the controlled crossings, rather than jaywalking on icy roads.

Misleading sign in Cathedral Square

Misleading sign in Cathedral Square

In the Square there’s a new sign, but three quarters of the directions are wrong, with the arrows pointing the wrong way!  No wonder tourists (and locals) get confused.  I’ve sent a message to the City Council asking them to get this corrected, but I wonder how the sign could be approved in the first place.

I look forward to the coming of the Avon River Precinct.   Note the Museum in the sunny distance.

I look forward to the coming of the Avon River Precinct.
Note the Museum in the sunny distance.

Snow on Sugarloaf, seen from Oxford Terrace

Snow on Sugarloaf, seen from Oxford Terrace

“It’s good to walk a different way
on a cold, wintry Wednesday.”

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At last! A new artwork that looks as though it’s intended to be permanent.

Nouveau Electric

Nouveau Electro

‘Nouveau Electro’ by Roberto Carvalho, an attractive “kinetic wind-powered installation investigating the balance between sustainability and technology”, has been installed on the old Oxford Terrace ‘Strip’.  Presumably it lights up at night?  I know it’s bound to be removed when rebuilding starts, but it’s great to see something that looks as though it’s there long term .

“It’s great to see an art display
that looks as though it’s gonna stay.”

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Demolition is under way again now the holiday break is over.

Demolition of Vero House

Demolition of Vero House started

On Monday they were working on Vero House at the corner of Hereford Street and Oxford Terrace.  They’d blocked off Hereford Street, including the re-opened Ibis Hotel, so the job had to be done VERY quickly.

By Wednesday there was only a pile of rubble left.

Little left of Vero

Little left of Vero

“Another building hits the ground.
There’s hardly any left around.”

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