What does living in the Halifax Region mean to you?

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  • Themis7 over 6 years ago
    I chose to move to Halifax because it is a small city that has the potential to be a very green and resilient city. It is a city with wonderful food, music, architecture and art. It should use its native creativity and frugality to leap ahead of the bigger cities....It should focus on developing a true local economy that serves and depends on its residents and provides meaningful work to its residents. This city should be covered in green roofs, should be served by renewable power and be a model for how to prepare and adapt for climate change. It should also work on growing in a fashion that will encourage its residents to remain healthy as they grow older. Developing safe and pleasant walkways and bikeways is essential. Planting gardens and trees throughout the city will keep the air clean. Design and encourage residents to design to catch and use storm water runoff to reduce the need to expand current sewage treatment and water purification facilities. Consider whether the heat from various industrial activities might be used to heat buildings in the area. In Olso and other cities in Norway, district heating is used and seems to be a very energy efficient solution for cities to implement. Like many baby boomers, I want a place that I can continue to live in, work in and enjoy.
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    • x95iik over 6 years ago
      I agree with your comments. I've been to Olso and several scandinavian towns and cities where I think our country should follow their lead. BUT, it seems like nobody wants to change the way things are done here - "oh, that costs too much, that will never work, or it's good enough as it is".

      I'm also a big fan of bringing natural gas, our natural gas and resource, for our energy needs instead of relying on trees, oil from elsewhere and coal from South America.

      Halifax has such potential but also has so much red tape!
  • Grant over 6 years ago
    Let's see... Connectivity, Cultural vibrancy, Great Food, Entertainment, and Night Life. Distinct communities that come together to make HRM a great place. Let's get the international image to reflect our values, and entice big business to move here, opening doors for people who may be less fortunate, and provide a bright future for future generations.
  • finerthing over 6 years ago
    Wonderful city with many cultures, amazing food, live theatre, great entertainment and awesome people. HRM residents demonstrate kindness, warmth, empathy and caring for each other making this a fantastic place to live. Green living is promoted here by composting, limiting garbage and recycling policy to help ourselves and future generations.
  • MGrant over 6 years ago
    Halifax is a great big small town, with all the advantages of both. It's big enough that there's always a huge choice of cultural, sports, culinary and intellectual offerings, not to mention youthful energy. It's small enough that wilderness & beaches are within easy distance. And you're always sure to run into someone you know everywhere you go.

    People in Halifax are friendly, I think because most of us come from somewhere else; we CHOSE to come here. The CFAs help to make it a cosmopolitan place.

    Halifax's history and topography and architecture are enormously important in making it unique & special. When this is combined with modern sensibility and creativity - which we have in abundance - we can be a fantastic city.
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    • seanmaire over 6 years ago
      I have a hope that we can replace the term CFA with BNB (Brand New Bluenosers) :)
  • Kyle Wright over 6 years ago
    Nova Scotia is a beautiful province with plenty of outdoor activities and things to see and do. So to start, Halifax is placed in a great spot. It has lots of food and drink, entertainment and activities (both inside and out).
    I hate driving in the Halifax Dartmouth area, as driving is not one of Nova Scotian's strong points and there are just too many vehicles on the road (yes I'm part of the problem too haha, nobody's perfect). I don't take the bus very often, as it is a 25 minute walk to a bus stop from my house in Eastern Passage, however when I do take it, I find it much less stressful than driving my own vehicle. It is an opportunity to wake up in the morning, and recharge on the way home, while reading a book or watching the scenery go by.
    I believe the two most important things that can help each and every person in HRM, or anywhere for that matter, is Community and Pride, both in one's self and in their community. Nothing affords young people opportunities for personal and professional development more than a good sense of community. People helping people. People enjoying life together and working through the good times and the bad. I've taken some time lately to look around and think about "community" and Identity ( An important part of one's pride is their ability to have a unique identity and also to be able to identify with others, ie. who have common interests or jobs) and I've noticed that there is a lot more "community" out there than I realized (just have to get off the computer/Xbox/iPhone). For example, People who ride motorcycles always stick their hand out as they pass another motorcyclist, people who join together in community gardening projects to raise fresh healthy produce or flowers, members of the Canadian Forces sticking together and helping their local communities, tradesmen and women building things together over some shop talk, two people operating a garbage or recycling truck together ensuring the the city stays clean while looking out for each other's safety, and people coming together to help those most in need. The list goes on, but we all get the point. I think having pride in yourself, what you do and in your community can yield great gains for everyone. It's out there to see and be a part of, every day. In HRM, as soon as you step out of your door, you never know what you'll see and what you can be a part of. It's pretty cool when you think of it!
  • TimPratt over 6 years ago
    I moved to Halifax because it provides the best of urban and rural living. I can live within a half an hour of the downtown core (2 hours with traffic on some days :) ) and still have a home with a large front and back yard in a wooded neighborhood with lots of peace and privacy. This city has arts, education, an amazing food scene and a relaxed environment. Halifax has a tremendous history and is is surrounded by the natural beauty of Nova Scotia. Halifax is the best environment I have found for a balanced productive lifestyle.
  • JeffMSVU over 6 years ago
    Meaning depends on context. The old brand of a neo-Scottish bar town I don't think is adequate. Right away we need to start with a new name for the region, HRM is a little corporate. My view is we have a strong current of arts-based crafters and designers who could really help re-build our iimage. I hope this process doesn't become one of "design by committee" but I don't think it will - I think Mayor Savage gets it and will pull a vision out of us!
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    • Sybil over 6 years ago
      I don't like HRM either, but what do you do ? You've got the central core city and the region around it. GTA is taken.

      Assume this whole process is looking for a short catch phrase.

      How do you attract tourists, businesses, etc. with one phrase ?

      I assume that unlike the province itself, Halifax is NOT shrinking in population ?

      I love the old architecture, the boardwalk, the beaches, the friendliness, the parks, McNab's Island is an amazing under-used, over-looked GEM. How many people in Halifax have EVER been there ?
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      • Erika Beatty over 6 years ago
        Why not just Halifax, and Greater Halifax?

        If smaller municipalities don't like being associated with Halifax, let's figure out why, and not be defeatist about 'familiarity breeding contempt'. Halifax has a warm attraction for people from away (like me) - maybe we can learn more about our strengths by asking visitors, or people who have a dream of moving here one day.
  • lesstoxicworld over 6 years ago
    We are already $20 Million in the hole for 2014 yet some politicians and Government officials still promote building a $100 million dollar football stadium.
    Building a $40 million sports facility in Bedford was not my idea of building healthy communities.
    City planners, politicians and business people better put their heads together and come up with plans for building a better city for Everyone and not just for people who like sports.
    We have lots of outdoor recreation areas that are free to use for sporting activities.
    I am sure the police have defined priorities, hopefully those priorities rate violent crime first with non violent 'victimless crimes' at the bottom of the list.
    Wasting valuable police resources, police time and taxpayers money enforcing outdated, fast changing medical cannabis laws just doesn't make sense, it does not benefit anyone and harms many otherwise law abiding medical cannabis patients who rely on cannabis for pain medication rather than relying on Big Pharma addictive pain pills.
    Building a city that has safe bicycle lanes, good and safe public transit, safe walking trails, safe local parks, safe cross walks, safe schools, a community that cares about its disadvantaged youth, a community that cares about its seniors and its homeless citizens is a start to building a better city for all without busting the taxpayer bank.
  • ts864 over 6 years ago
    Why is HRM cool? Waterfront Boardwalk. New Halifax Library. Public Gardens. Universities. Sidney Crosby. Ellen Page. Pier 21. Cool Nightlife. The Oval. Africville Apology. Recycling. Peggy’s Cove. Oldest lighthouse in North America (Sambro). Oldest Martello Tower in North America (Point Pleasant Park). Neptune Theatre. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Film industry. Bluenose. Cultural Diversity. Navy. Farmer’s Market.
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    • ts864 over 6 years ago
      And surfing at Lawrencetown beach.
    • Sybil over 6 years ago
      and don't forget McNab's Island ...it has TWO forts !
    • wpetite over 6 years ago
      I agree with all these suggestions, so should the contributions that these many beautiful places offer to the HRM be considered in the upcoming municipal budget? What issues exist around these sites? Maybe more effective promotion, are any sites not being taken care of enough? Should we develop a program similar to the Cabot Trail in which these sites are mapped out and associated with each other as a historical (past to present) HRM identity tour?
  • Adopted Haligonian over 6 years ago
    I am not a native of Halifax, I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, and like many others who came to Halifax for university I immediately fell in love with the city. It is truly the jewel of the East Coast and offers its residents a tremendous array of activities and entertainments, while still holding a small town community feel, and is somewhere that I have proudly made my permanent home.

    The wonderful thing about Halifax and the surrounding area is that it means something different to everyone who lives here, and if you are willing to step out of your front door and get involved in the local community, the community will give you so much more back in return. There is so much variety in Halifax that even after living here for more than 6 years I am still discovering new shops, restaurants, organizations, and community driven activities that add further to the charm of the city. Haligonians continue to surprise and impress me with their entrepreneurial ability to adapt to changes in the market, and enter into non-traditional areas, and to generate high quality local products. There is a mentality in the city, that if a product or service is not already provided or offered, then residents have the ability to go forth and change it themselves.

    Haligonians are prideful people, who have routinely shown that they are able to not only compete on the local and regional levels, but also on the national and global scales to, as they produce some of the finest young emerging talent in the world. When you walk throughout the city, you really gain a sense of optimistic enthusiasm amongst the residents. There is constant development in the downtown core, and with the military ship building contract that Halifax won, Halifax will be able to continue to evolve and prove itself to be the economic hub of the east coast, and there is no reason why Halifax cannot compete on the national and global scale

    I’m very happy to call Halifax my home, and living here provides me with enormous gratification through the sense of community that exists in the city. Haligonians are some of the most wonderful people that I have met and living here means to me in the future, a high degree of community living, diverse variety amongst the residents, continued economic progress and development, and opportunity for advancement for its residents.
  • egm over 6 years ago
    Since amalgamation, living in HRM has resulted in a loss of identity. As a rural resident within HRM, I harbour a certain amount of resentment that a portion of my tax dollars are going to developments within the city limits that will have little or no impact on my area of HRM. While city residents may enjoy library services, access to public transportation and easy access to government services (to mention but a few), rural residents have little or no such amenities. Under-employment, limited educational opportunities along with the out-migration of youth forces the rural areas that make up the greater portion of HRM to question the benefits of amalgamation.
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    • PeterC over 6 years ago
      I agree! As an urban resident of HRM I harbour a certain amount of resentment that a portion of my (much larger) tax dollars are being directed by over-represented rural districts who have little interest in the heart of the city.

      We may be too different to be represented in the same form of governance. If the rural residents of HRM (districts 1 & 2) want to leave, let them out! That way the city can get on with being a city, and the county can go back to being a county, which is what they both want.

      Halifax has fantastic potential to be a national city, but its residents are often so lost in internal squabbling over identity we are unable to advance a national agenda. Halifax is not competing against Cole-harbour, or Musquodobit, etc. for people and jobs. Halifax is competing against Toronto and Calgary and Montreal. We have lots to offer, but it would be more effective if we offered it with a united front.
  • Luvinit over 6 years ago
    Being close to nature - not ever being very far from the most beautiful of ocean views and recreational trails when you just need an escape from it all.

    Being close to the action - Walking from central Dartmouth to the downtown on a warm summer day, hopping a ferry over to Halifax for a few hours of exploring along the waterfront and then visiting a pub or food truck along the way to re-energize for the journey back home... shall I take the bus back or walk across the bridge!
  • sharonleara over 6 years ago
    I choose Halifax because its size and accessibility felt right. It is a small city, with all the good things about being small, but it also grows increasingly sophisticated in arts, entertainment, goods, and services. Best, it's walkable. We live close to everything (except the big box stores. Sadly, not everything is available close by.) The waterfront, and its continued development as a people place, is extremely important, and our family, from dogs to grandchildren, spend a lot of time there, winter and summer. The kids love the giant sandbox and are a little resentful when it's overtaken by beach volleyball. The city council has finally adopted a can-do attitude, and the initiatives toward making Halifax increasingly liveable are very welcome. The big projects (conference centre/stadium) leave me cold, but increased walk-ability, bike lanes, traffic calming, control over developments that destroy the little people places are the things that give me hope. We need more people to be sustainable.