“Halifax downtown needn’t be about meeting the needs of traffic flow first, pedestrians second,” writes Martyn Williams. Now that federal funding will drastically reduce truck traffic downtown it’s time to revisit the Cogswell design plans and do it right this time.
APL’s proposed Willow Tree Development at the corner of Robie and Quinpool will be the subject of a public information session on Thursday June 6, 7pm Halifax Forum. RM documents indicate the developer will have 288 units – nearly a 30% increase in the units and in developer’s profits. Will HRM require a re-negotiation of the number of affordable housing units?
Media release: Two proposals by Dexel and Rovualis, for 30, 16, 20, and 26 towers at Spring Garden, Robie, College and Carlton Streets are to be considered at a special meeting of the Heritage Advisory Committee on Wednesday, June 5th, 3pm at City Hall.
News release: Development Option Halifax is calling on the Mayor and Council to require HRM planning staff to provide 3-D models to let citizens see what Centre Plan’s changes to the city will really look like, before the Plan is approved.
It’s been hard to picture the total impact of two side by side massive developments on Spring Garden and Robie, since the two initiatives have been winding their way through the approval process independently. Now, thanks to the hard work of architectural student Hadrian Laing, there is a model that encompasses the entire neighbourhood, its current buildings and the two proposed developments.
Martyn Williams: “The accident near 350 Pleasant Street marks the fifth pedestrian fatality in our municipality in just over a year, and the fifth hit and run involving a pedestrian in just two months. We need to know that addressing the danger and death on our roads is a priority for all our levels of government, not just in words, but also in the city’s budget.”
Scott Neigh’s weekly podcast is a wonderful thing, and Scott is a kind man who always allows us to share an interview whenever the topic has a Nova Scotia relevance. Here he speaks with North Preston and Nort End community activist LaMeia Reddick, and Ted Rutland, author of Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax, a must-read for anybody interested in urban planning and / or the history of the struggle against racism in Halifax. It’s a book I simply can’t recommend enough.
Martyn Williams weighs in on Halifax Council’s budget deliberations: “We already know that our roads cannot be made safe simply by asking people to take more care. However incidents can be reduced by introducing proven infrastructure safety countermeasures that ensure the protection of vulnerable road users is our first and foremost priority on our roads.”
Howard Epstein’s letter to Halifax Council, written on behalf of the Friends of the Halifax Common, about the mega-development of four towers of 30, 26, 20 and 16 storeys proposed for the block formed by Spring Garden Road and College, Carlton and Robie streets.
The most recent pedestrian fatality, at Gottingen Street, the fourth of this year, involves once again unforgiving infrastructure for those on foot which should have been mitigated during recent efforts to remodel it, writes Martyn Williams.