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First established in Christchurch during the depths of
the 1930s Great Depression, New Regent Street is made up of pastel-hued
shops in Spanish Mission style terraced architecture. It provided jobs
when it was first built and it's now helping Christchurch recover again,
this time as a fore-runner of inner-city regeneration. There is still
evidence here of earthquake damage, with a few shops still boarded up,
waiting for permission to re-occupy. This is such a familiar pattern of
frustration for many all over Christchurch. Goodness only knows why
these few shops haven't had the go-ahead.
This is such a fascinating place to visit, and many people will enjoy it, both locals and visitors alike. It's a must do!