The 1990s saw a revitalisation of inner-city living and life, leading to an explosion of street cafés, restaurants and nightspots. In Christchurch, the former warehousing district between Lichfield and High streets was transformed in the early 2000s to a range of residential, retail and hospitality uses. One popular area was Sol (South of Lichfield) Square, featuring bustling restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Sol Square was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and it was inside the cordoned-off red zone. In 2014 the area had not yet recovered
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