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Bloomfield egg hunt attracts families

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HALIFAX — Dozens of toddlers swarmed over the site of the former Bloomfield School on Sunday morning. They had to move quick to scrounge up all the chocolate Easter eggs planted there by community-minded parents. Hot sun and 22 degree temperatures brought out more families than expected, plus threatened to melt the treats. “I’m just glad we had enough eggs,” said one mom, who lives on Bloomfield Street. The hunt ended at the playground on the Robie Street side of the property, where parking for strollers was at a premium.

Go North! rolls out Saturday

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at www.gonorthhalifax.com. Above republished with permission.

Detail from 2009 Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour map. The full map is available at http://www.gonorthhalifax.com. Above republished with permission.

The fourth Go North! art celebration rolls out Saturday with a quirky map highlighting the studios, galleries and performances taking part this year.

Every possible play on the word ‘north’ is used to make the legend on this map useful: Olde North, Northbound, Central North, North of North, Far North. Cranky Alfred Hitchcock fans could argue for a North by Northwest category, but that would probably just encompass Canada Post’s Almon Street parking lot.

The existing five geographical districts do the job just fine.

Pick up your own copy of the map between 12 and 6 p.m. tomorrow at the BusStop Theatre, at 2203 Gottingen Street. The full schedule for the day contains information about several hands-on workshops, guided tours and live performances. All stops on the tour are free.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Two of the five Go North! tours available.

Towers loom over Bloomfield makeover plan

Peter Bigelow, HRM manager of parks and recreation, explains the proposed Bloomfield Master Plan.

Peter Bigelow, HRM manager of parks and recreation, explains the proposed Bloomfield Master Plan on Thursday.

The proposed Bloomfield Master Plan suggests residential towers for the south side of Almon Street, where tennis courts and a parking lot now sit.

Consultants and city staff pitched the high-rises on Thursday as a way to pay for most of the $10.6 million required to demolish Bloomfield School, create a green space, and pay for four other buildings dedicated to arts and culture programming.

The biggest tower would be between 10 and 15 storeys high. The smaller tower would be about two-thirds the size. Both would be on the northern edge of the green space.

One speaker at Thursday’s open house meeting suggested the tall buildings, combined with proposed four-storey townhouses along Agricola and Robie streets, would make the green space in the middle an uncomfortable place to relax.

“Do you ever get the sense that they are watching you?” said Paul Hannon, describing the effect of being in a park close to people’s condos.

“You look around and see all these windows,” said Hannon.

Brian Mackay Lyons, an architect hired to produce the draft plan, said that all those eyes will actually help.

“Public spaces are safest when that happens,” said Mackay Lyons.

Without the towers, creating the green space, townhouses and public-use buildings would require $5 or $6 million in city funding. The towers reduce the public subsidy to $1.8 million – an option more in keeping with the city council’s directive that any development be pay for itself.


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