Sunday, January 25, 2009

Once Were Villa's

Yep that's right - I'm wondering what is happening to all of the old homes built in this area in the early 1900's.
A walk into the city showed what I fear the most - that soon there will be none of the wonderful reminders of times past left. I know I whined about this in a post last year, but it is a real concern.

A good percentage of the earlier homes built in Christchurch were situated quite close to the central city area. Sadly, rather than encouraging our city to naturally spread into the surrounding area's as it continues to grow, our local city council is promoting an increase in the density of the existing housing units.
Theoretically this is to better use the existing infrastructure - the reality is that it's cheaper to use existing amenities to lay new roads, pipes & lines etc.

But at what expense? When old homes, like these, on decent family sized sections are being inbuilt, or worse still completely bowled & replaced with

These! Within a two block distance (approx 400 meters/437 yards) I counted 15 lots of these units.

Scary huh? If anyone asks me they all look like they fell from the ugly tree & hit every branch on the way down - so perhaps it's best that no one asks ;o) Personally I think that any architect that drew up the plans for most of these should be treated to a warning shot between the eye's. I did say 'most' - there are one or two that given a bit more space around them would look quite good.


Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker said...

Wow!! I can only agree with you. And I thought we had cardboard boxes here that were considered homes for living in. Yikes!!! I am not sure where we are heading with all this living on top of each other. No more personal space. Shocking!! At least in this move we still have space and for now that is all that matters.

My heart aches with yours. It is sad to see such beautiful homes being destroyed.

angelinabeadalina said...

I hate this. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I have the same feeling every time we go househunting and see all kinds of cookie cutter houses in subdivisions. They may have bigger yards, but in most there are deed restrictions preventing you from doing anything with that yard. They may be pretty homes (sometimes, they really are), but the fact that they are all. exactly. alike. is so horribly wrong. Same for all these apartments replacing your lovely turn of the last century homes that had individual character. Very sad. I'll stop typing now...I could rant and rant over this.