Judy Haiven: “What is the point of the city declaring downtown Halifax’s Schmidtville a Heritage Conservation District when hundreds of houses in the area are at risk of cracking, shifting and even falling apart? Why should local people have to put up with more excavations and blasting so some rich guys can get richer?”

Tonight, July 17, at City Hall Council Chamber, the final public hearing for the Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District will take place. “It’s been a long, long time coming,” says Friends of Schmidtville spokesperson Larry Haiven, professor emeritus at Saint Mary’s University, “We made our initial application in 2009. But we’re very glad it’s almost over.