Fairly Conventional Centre

On Sunday the Halifax Convention Centre hosted an open house, so Sheila and I went down to take our first look inside the big blue shard. Have you been? It's a mammoth space and very clean. At every turn we were met and engaged by helpful staff who made us feel most welcome. I do… Read More

Mid-Century Curves

When I posted this picture of a vigorously curvy concrete park bench on Twitter, it attracted more attention than anticipated. People liked it, and also ate their lunch on it. It's at the corner of Queen and Green Streets, in a parkette that was created about 1980 as part of the… Read More

Looking for a Gift to the Street

The provincial government progressed from total secrecy to communication stumbles in their recent roll out of a proposed QEII hospital parkade and power plant. In the midst of the, not surprising, public outrage, urban planner Tristan Cleveland offered a helpful reminder and plea to us all. For the whole massive hospital project it is really… Read More

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Join me on a little winter ramble in the wilderness. Not the new backlands urban wilderness park but the real urban wilderness, among the Kempt Road car dealerships. Took our car to the dealer for a recall: apparently it could spontaneously careen down a hill. VW has a new building that has the charm of an… Read More

Poor House Burying Ground & Grafton Park

Have you noticed the talk recently about the burying grounds that were on the old Memorial Library site, and under the paved parking lot beside St Mary's Basilica? A strong voice in this conversation is St Mary's University archaeology professor Dr Jonathan Fowler, who also produces compelling graphics. On the contemporary aerial photograph, below, he… Read More

A little off the top, please.

Last month, Elizabeth Cushing tweeted astonishing "then and now" pictures of St. Mary's Girls' School on Grafton Street. Over the decades the building had lost decorative dormers and the pointy top of its tower, among other things. This got me thinking about other buildings in Halifax that have had their topknots go astray.  It was… Read More

Parking Garages: grim afterthought?

Parking garages have been disturbing my peaceful disposition for the last little while. The problem is, the Province announced they were going to drop a big garage on the Halifax Common and then, like a bad date, they stopped communicating. Nada. Nothing but a crummy snapshot. So to get over the disappointment of being ghosted… Read More

Why do they hate us? Part 2

The day after the Legislature finished its fall sitting, the government suddenly announced they had approved $29.5 million (let's call it $30 million) to build another parking garage on the Halifax Common. The new structure would provide 900 parking spaces and address one of the major agonies of people visiting the QEII Health Sciences Centre.… Read More

Dreamery, Deanery, in the Greenery

Out in the country greenery, you'll find little treasures, in the scenery. We got off the main roads and found this perfect pair: a Dreamery and The Deanery. Mable Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery Last August we spent a couple of days with friends at their cottage on the Northumberland Strait. One day, when out… Read More