There's nothing like a bit of full-on destruction to loosen up the sketching arm! I did these really quickly on the way home the other night, and the noise dust general chaos made me attack the page in a similar fashion, quite good fun for a change.
I'm not sure what the reason for demolition is; is it to make way for a new tower or was it simply too expensive to earthquake proof? I don't know, but one thing I do know is the removal of this last remaining classic completes the transformation of Swanson Street from old school and interesting, to more forgettable recent styles.
I have dim memories of visiting the Victorian terrace shops in lower Swanson as a kid, it certainly had more character back then.