Much of the central city was damaged beyond repair in the February 22nd earthquake and has been cordoned off while demolition of the damaged buildings took place. On Saturday 29th a temporary mall was completed and open to the public, in the location of the previous City Mall.
I got a mention in the 2011 D-photo competition for this photo. Not a win, but pretty good nevertheless.
Update Feb 2012:Poplar Lane is gone. It has been demolished following the earthquakes. See this article from Stuff.co.nz
Ross Becker took this photo: