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  • What's next for the Dennis Building? - Spacing Atlantic
    extreme disrepair which the government says is the case why can t the government make rebuilding the Dennis a condition of redeveloping the entire site Minister Kousoulis says that the type of redevelopment proposed by a so far hypothetical partner will dictate what happens to the facade Why the government itself can t dictate terms in regard to their own property is unclear 2 Our leaning is to incorporate the facade Does this mean rebuilding the Dennis facade around a modern frame essentially making it indistinguishable from the current incarnation and then building brand new structures on the adjacent lots Or does it mean building a glass tower and awkwardly wrapping the Dennis old stone blocks around it turning what was once a building into little more than three dimensional wallpaper Or does it mean even less using a few stones and lintels here and there to pay the least possible homage to the past while claiming to be re using the facade The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia is adamantly against any of the above options insisting the building must be maintained in situ They ve even taken some tentative steps into the world of online activism with a website and Facebook group about the building But the idea of dismantling the building and then reconstructing the original facade around a modern frame may be a workable solution As long as said reconstruction takes care to preserve the massing and profile of the existing building as long as from the street it ends up looking as if it had never been taken down has been done before Some of these examples can give us a sense of what a rebuilt Dennis might look like It s been done in Edmonton where the Alberta Hotel was demolished in 1984 to make way for a new office complex but its facade was saved and stored Edmonton architect Eugene Dub oversaw a major rebuilding of the original facade over a new steel frame The hotel bar was reconstructed with Victorian trimmings and decorative elements and the rebuilt Alberta Hotel has since become a major landmark on Jasper Avenue and headquarters for community radio station CKUA If you didn t know it was a recent construction you d assume it had been there for a hundred years It s been done in Winnipeg where a dilapidated commercial building in danger of collapse and in far worse shape than the Dennis was dismantled piece by piece and reconstructed around a brand new parking facility This demolition taking down a major historical building for a parking facility was still controversial but it proves that facades in dire shape can still be repurposed and profitably This was a private sector project BEFORE AFTER And it was done in Toronto last year when a building at the corner of Yonge and Adelaide was demolished to make way for a new development but not before its facade was carefully dismantled and reconstructed around a new structure a block

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2014/11/18/whats-next-dennis-building/ (2015-11-16)
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  • A River Runs Under it: Daylighting Sawmill River - Spacing Atlantic
    for the environment community economy and even the municipal budget Daylighted Saw Mill River in Downtown Yonkers NY Photo Ses7 What Would a Daylighted River Look Like in Dartmouth In Dartmouth daylighting the entire Sawmill River from Sullivan s Pond to the Harbour would be complicated because of the major intersection at Portland Street and Alderney Drive the Lock 4 Starr development and the Esso station A Dartmouth planning firm Ekistics prepared a conceptual plan for the entire Canal Greenway Park in 2002 which was then updated to reflect new developments in 2006 The 2006 plan shows a daylighted Sawmill River at the lower end of the Greenway Ekistics indicates that the width and depth of this daylighted portion would allow for the complete removal of the pipe with no loss of storm water capacity Current 2006 Canal Greenway Plan showing a daylighted Sawmill River at the Greenway s lower end Existing pipe shown in black from the end of the daylighted section around the front of Lock 4 Starr Photo Ekistics Other Options The 2006 Ekistics plan proposes daylighting the easily doable lower portion of the Sawmill River That would be a great start but the question remains could Halifax go further This opportunity to daylight the river when the pipe needs to be replaced only comes around once every couple of decades One alternative would be to daylight the pipe on the privately owned lands This has the advantage of following the existing route but the disadvantages are the Lock 4 Starr parking lot would need to be reconfigured the river would need retaining walls and Halifax would have to negotiate with the property owners with no guarantee of success Another option would be to bring the river through the municipally owned Greenway between the old marine railway trail and Lock 4 This was the original 2002 Ekistics plan Unfortunately Rob LeBlanc at Ekistics indicates that the 2005 development of Lock 4 means that there isn t enough room left to build a riverbed on the Greenway that could handle potential storm flows Fortunately there is another solution that might work 2002 Canal Greenway Plan showing an extensively daylighted Sawmill River Existing pipe in black emphasis added Photo Ekistics A Third Option To daylight more of the Sawmill River we should borrow from Yonkers and split the river s flow in the upper portion of the Greenway In this scenario the existing pipe would be left in place in front of Lock 4 Starr while a daylighted stream would run behind the building in the Greenway Since the Lock 4 section of pipe would remain the Greenway stream wouldn t have to be built to handle peak storm flows Instead it could be designed for regular water levels shrinking the amount of space needed and making a route through the upper Greenway possible The two branches of the Sawmill River the underground pipe and the stream would reconnect below Lock 4 on the lower Greenway where the 2006

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2014/11/10/river-runs-daylighting-sawmill-river/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Trucks, Bike Lanes and the Death of Johanna Dean - Spacing Atlantic
    improve aerodynamics and save fuel NRC was trying to determine if they could also save lives In NRC s testing side skirts prevented a moving bike weighed down with a cement block from going underneath a trailer Unfortunately before more detailed testing could be carried out Transport Canada cancelled the study Transport Canada dismisses the UK data and claims that there is no evidence that side guards or side skirts reduce injuries and deaths The department has stuck to that position despite calls from Ontario s Coroner municipal leaders members of parliament and cycling organizations across the country Transport Canada seems to be firmly aligned with the trucking industry which opposes mandatory regulations Although Canada s national regulator is currently unwilling to make side guards mandatory there is nothing stopping the provinces and municipalities from going it alone Transport Canada sets the standard for newly built trucks but the provinces have the power to regulate existing vehicles The provinces should use their regulatory power to make the roads safer Municipalities can also lead by example and retrofit their own fleet of vehicles Montreal recently announced that it would install side guards on its 1 000 vehicle fleet and Boston is taking similar action Halifax would be wise to follow suit City owned vehicles should be equipped with side guards and their installation should be a contractual obligation for private operators working for the municipality 2 000 a truck is not a lot of money to potentially save a life If the truck that killed Dean had been equipped with guards the accident might have turned out differently Boston garbage truck Photo New Urban Mechanics Cycling Infrastructure Making safer trucks is an important part of mitigating the impact of accidents but what if we could prevent them from happening in the first place A city wide network of cycling routes holds out just such a promise In recent years Halifax has made some progress on active transportation but the City still has a long way to go The bulk of the City s recent spending has gone towards easily doable projects resulting in a fragmented network that is largely focussed on bikes as recreation not transportation Very little has been built in the urban core and this is particularly true in North Dartmouth where Dean died Cyclists heading north have to choose between Windmill Wyse and Victoria Roads and all three are busy streets with no bike lanes Windmill and Wyse Roads are identified as candidates for bike lanes in the 2014 2019 Active Transportation Priorities Plan but the lanes may never be built The Plan has a very modest goal of installing just 30 of candidate lanes across the municipality Halifax is also not seriously considering separating cyclists from cars and trucks If bike lanes are eventually installed in North Dartmouth they will likely take the form of painted lines Painted bike lanes are better than nothing but vehicles often enter them and they frequently run alongside street parking Separated

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2014/10/20/trucks-bike-lanes-death-johanna-dean/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Financing Halifax's Elections Part 2: The Developers - Spacing Atlantic
    Oakland Road Investments which contributed 2 000 and as such I have not classified them All of the remaining nine large corporate donors had clear development interests Of the nine large corporate developers Armco dwarfed all other contributors with a substantial 12 000 divvied up among 11 councillors East Port Properties came close to matching Armco in breadth providing funds to 10 councillors but they didn t give nearly as much money just 3 000 Interestingly another major contributor Southwest Properties has shown up in Spacing coverage of municipal elections before as a large donor in St John s Newfoundland The nine large corporate contributors with development interests collectively gave 30 900 which accounted for 63 2 of the 47 467 donated by developers and 23 1 of all contributions What all of this means is that developers as a group are not only the most generous contributors to successful candidates but that just a few big companies are providing most of the development related money Hedging their Bets or Supporting Democracy A few unsuccessful candidates also received money from large corporate donors The bulk of this money went to the five unsuccessful incumbents but five challengers also received a handful of donations setting them apart from the other 33 who didn t What s interesting is that in a few races Armco East Port Properties Hawthorne and O Regans all made contributions to multiple candidates who were vying for the same seat In District 12 Armco actually donated to three candidates Mary Wile Bruce Smith and Reg Rankin The company read the political tea leaves in District 12 well providing 1 000 to the victorious Rankin compared to just 250 each to Wile and Smith There was also a lot of doubling up in District 1 where Armco East Port and Hawthorne couldn t decide between dueling incumbents Steve Stretch and Barry Dalrymple Decisions on contributing for the big players are clearly more complicated than which candidate do we prefer Contributions from Individuals The overall picture that emerges is that the development industry is a major campaign contributor in Halifax s municipal elections CBC reached the same conclusion with an in depth investigation back in April I decided to take things one step further than CBC did As well as identifying the companies involved I went through each donation made by an individual and googled the contributor s name to try and figure out who they were It wasn t possible to ID everyone especially for common names such as Rob Smith but I was able to make a reasonable identification for a large number of the individual contributors Why did I put myself through the effort To try and get at how much money also flows into municipal campaigns through personal donations from individuals with a financial interest in land development These contributions are identified as personal but from a practical point of view it really doesn t matter if the money is coming from a developer s

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2015/09/17/financing-halifaxs-elections-part-2-developers/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Financing Halifax's Elections Part 1: Why Worry? - Spacing Atlantic
    have generally been a trustworthy bunch There haven t been any campaign finance scandals at Halifax City Hall There have however been allegations of shady dealings in the recent past Former Councillor Dawn Sloane alleged in 2005 that she was offered a bribe by a local developer Halifax Police investigated but could not substantiate the claim During the news coverage of the story CBC spoke to two former councillors Len Goucher and Jim Smith who both said they had also been offered bribes during their time in office I m of the opinion that most politicians are in politics for the right reasons I would be really surprised to learn that corruption was rampant at City Hall Still having a transparent and regulated campaign finance regime is a necessary defence to both weed out bad apples and remove temptation Trust but verify as the old saying goes Public Confidence It s worth noting that corruption doesn t actually have to occur for campaign funding to have a negative impact We live in cynical times and if the public believes that politicians repay big contributors through favourable outcomes or even just with greater access than public confidence can be undermined Simply the possibility or appearance of buying an outcome can be as damaging as the actuality If the belief that contributions help secure favourable outcomes becomes engrained people with a great deal at stake in council decisions might even feel pressured to contribute To maintain public confidence a transparent and regulated campaign finance regime is required Fair Equitable and Competitive Elections How campaigns are funded can also have an impact on the makeup of City Hall If only certain types of candidates are able to raise money and then those candidates are able to mount more effective campaigns than their opponents systematic biases can build up over time In a society with a great deal of disparity between those with the money and those without wealth can threaten to crowd out other perspectives In essence no one needs to actually be bribed because campaign contributors act in their own self interest to reward their allies which then makes it easier for those candidates to be successful skewing outcomes My past research for my MA thesis indicates that a typical councillor will have significantly more cash available for their re election campaign than their inaugural race and much of the influx of money for their second campaign comes from developers Access to contributions is one of the advantages of office and it s at least partly to blame for the huge advantage enjoyed by incumbents and the general lack of competition in local elections An Upward Trend So there is reason to worry about the financing of elections from a perspective of limiting corruption maintaining public confidence and creating a more vibrant democracy The question then is should we care about this in Halifax Is there enough money at play in our municipal elections to make it a real problem Halifax s

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2015/09/16/financing-halifaxs-elections-part-1-worry/ (2015-11-16)
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  • A Watered Down Vision: Dartmouth's Canal Greenway - Spacing Atlantic
    efforts put into heritage interpretation The entire reason the Greenway is historically significant is because the Sawmill River made the Canal and Starr plant possible Without water it would not be an important property Marking the waterway s former course with decorative pavers while leaving the real thing buried underground is not very compelling Daylighted waterway in the lower half of the Greenway and tailrace in 2006 plan Multi use trail purple benches and decorative paving grey to denote historic waterway in 2014 plan A multi use trail is another one of the Greenway s key components A trail through the Greenway will link the existing Lake Banook and Harbour systems and will be a major asset for walkers runners and cyclists The original vision routed the trail through the middle of the Greenway symbolically representing the incline plane s historic presence Relocating the trail to the edge takes the Greenway s liveliest remaining element and pushes it to the periphery Rather than passing through the park the trail is now essentially a wide sidewalk along Prince Albert Road How big an impact this has is really dependent on how the rebuilt plane is surfaced If the materials selected are still attractive for active transportation users than the plane could still function as the defacto main path The plane appears green on the site plan and grass would be a terrible material to choose A final decision on surfacing however hasn t been made Trail in the original 2006 plan passing through the site red arrows added for emphasis Trail passing along Prince Albert Road in the 2014 plan red arrows added for emphasis The loss of the playground and waterway and potentially the relocated trail has transformed the Canal Greenway in the 2014 site plan from the originally envisioned multi use park into an outdoor museum The new space will have some great heritage curiosities but its regular everyday use will be by people passing through This is not a recipe for great public space and this is not the original concept How Did We Get Here So how did the plan for the Greenway get scaled back when the original vision was supported by public consultation and was accepted by Harbour East Community Council How did we get from dynamic multi use park to outdoor museum Developing the Greenway has been a partnership between the municipality and the Shubenacadie Canal Commission Halifax has provided the land staff and cash while the Commission has contributed heritage expertise Harbour East Community Council approved the 2006 vision as the preferred direction for the park in March 2008 and later presentations to Council by HRM staff and the Commission referenced the playground and daylighted waters The departure from the vision is a relatively recent decision I asked the municipality s project manager Terry Gallagher and Bernie Hart with the Canal Commission what happened Image prepared by Ekistics and presented to Council by Canal Commission in 2011 showing an evolving concept that is

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/atlantic/2015/01/20/watered-vision-dartmouths-canal-greenway/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: City Conversations—Re-Imagining Downtown Vancouver, August 20 - Spacing Vancouver
    the DVBIA wants to Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver and develop a collaborative and compelling vision for the 2040 downtown Vancouver experience Our downtown is changing we want to hear from you about where it s headed What do you love about downtown Vancouver What needs to change How can we make this community one of the best in the world in which to live work play and learn To help get you thinking about the possibilities for the future of our downtown Vancouver over the next 25 years we have invited three guests to present their visions Lance Berelowitz a planner urban designer award winning writer and commentator will look at the evolution of downtown Vancouver s urban planning and design culture Keltie Craig from the City of Vancouver will share her vision for downtown as a healthy city Rounding out the panel will be the Very Reverend Peter Elliott Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver who will discuss his hopes for social inclusion and community building in downtown Vancouver Then it s your turn to question observe and offer your perspective and opinions on the future of downtown Vancouver Please feel free to bring your lunch for this free event This SFU City Conversation co sponsored by Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver takes place at our outdoor location Lot 19 in the park at the north end of Hornby St at W Hastings St four blocks west of SFU Harbour Centre you may know it as the location of Mink Chocolates It s a perfect place to enjoy the sun eat your lunch and participate in the conversation Free event Can t make the event Follow City Conversations on Twitter and join the dialogue at CityConv Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/08/17/event-city-conversations-reimagining-downtown-vancouver-august-20/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: PLAYtheBLOX—Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver Edition, September 25 - Spacing Vancouver
    future Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver Design Nerds have teamed up and are inviting you to dream big with them The event is designed to inspire new ideas as we collectively envision more desirable futures for this city we love Downtown is in transition changing rapidly this is your opportunity to help shape its future Details DATE September 25 2015 TIME Doors 6 00pm PLAYtheBLOX 6 30 9 00pm LOCATION SFU Woodward s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 West Hastings Street Refreshments Cash Bar Event is FREE but registration is required On deck this evening will be beer refreshments music and a new mapping game called PLAYtheBLOX It s designed to provide an immersive fun way to discuss and explore urban design and civic engagement and ultimately generate tangible ideas to help transform our city for the collective better The gameplay challenges you amidst real world problems and spaces to develop creative strategic partnerships with fellow gamers to unlock collective achievements Ultimately everyone wins when we foster an inclusive vibrant local community Join us in designing better spaces downtown together This event is a collaboration between Vancouver Design Nerds Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver Downtown Business Improvement Association and SFU Public Square Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Video Vancouver Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver EVENT City Conversations Re Imagining Downtown Vancouver August 20 RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver in 2040 EVENT Housing for All Multimedia Art Exhibition May 21 23 Tweet More posts by Spacing Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/15/event-playtheblox-reimagine-downtown-vancouver-september-25/ (2015-11-16)
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