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A slow stroll down the fast lane

Fifty-year-old new dad Glenn Fraser pushes daughter Lucy down Agricola during the inaugural Switch Open Street Sundays event today. Roads from Victoria Park to the corner of North and Agricola were closed to cars for the benefit of walkers, in-line skaters, skateboarders and cyclists.

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Pavement mural to transform Northwood intersection

An exciting side of the upcoming Northwood Street Party on July 14 will be the painting of a permanent street mural at the intersection of Northwood Terrace and Black Street. The project has the potential to make a regular city street corner feel like a public square.

Congratulations to the neighbours who turned up at several June meetings to create the mural’s design. People who want  to lend a hand painting the mural can do so at the street party. Plus there will be music, a bouncy castle, carnival games and food vendors. A section of Northwood Terrace will be closed to traffic.

For more details, click on the full event poster about the street party or visit the Facebook page that explains the mural project.

(Thanks to Eli Gordon for the information about this event.)

Three reasons the Crosstown Connector should stick to Agricola

A sandwich board in front of Agricola Street's only bicycle store.

HALIFAX – The Crosstown Connector bicycle corridor debate is boiling down to a choice between running the route along Agricola Street, or along some of the smaller streets between Agricola and Gottingen. Saving parking spots for cars is one rationale for not using Agricola Street.

The trouble with routing the connector on Maynard and Creighton is that serious bicycle commuters will continue to ignore the small streets, and use Agricola.

There are three reasons for this:

  1. There are lights at Agricola and North. This allows cyclists and cars to continue riding uninterrupted provided they catch the green. This is a big deal for cyclists, especially those travelling north at the end of the work day on a slight uphill gradient. One less reason to stop and put a foot down is helpful.
  2. Agricola lines up nicely with Ahern and Trollope streets. Using Maynard and Creighton would force planners to route cyclists through an awkward zig-zag and force riders through a series of awkward lane changes when they travel near the Citadel.
  3. What’s convenient for shoppers who use cars is also convenient for cyclists. Putting a bike route next to businesses makes it easier for cycling commuters to pop in for hummus, bread, keys, Black Forest ham – whatever you can buy on Agricola – as they ride home. Detouring to pedal up a side street that has comparatively little retail presence would require more energy and more inconvenience for riders with a dollar to spend. The result? The detour won’t be taken.

Some replacement parking spots, perhaps in the development coming to the liquor store site, may be able to address concerns some business owners have about the Crosstown Connector. But the city shouldn’t create a lesser bike route. Cyclists are already sweating enough to get home. To attract more serious bicycle commuters, more families, more older riders and more fair-weather commuters, keep the connector on Agricola Street.

For more on this issue see the recent stories in The Coast and the Chronicle Herald.

Pounding feet and personal bests



HALIFAX — Once again Maynard Street played a pivotal role hosting the Blue Nose Marathon. Over 5,800 runners ran north on the residential road on Sunday before doing different loops around the north end and Dartmouth depending on whether they were 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathon racers.

Thanks to the North and Agricola reader who provided these pictures but declined to be credited.

Mailboxes that spruce it up

It’s time to open hostilities against the ubiquitous black wall-mounted metal boxes that sully the front of so many homes. After all, Canada Post is hitting a fever pitch delivering Christmas cards and presents. Let’s receive them in style.

Some neighbours take a stand. Their choices of oddball, homemade and hand-painted mailboxes add a refreshing flavour to the street. They’ve jazzed it up for the letter carrier. The mailbox usually occupies a high-profile piece of front siding. May as well make it glow.

Photos were taken, from the top, on North, Charles and Black streets.



Wood siding is my canvas

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HALIFAX – Some enterprising North Street residents have made their home a public bulletin board. It’s a shrewd move given the traffic that moves by the front door.

Handbills advertise some local art and theatre shows, as well as a cleaning service that specializes in “disgusting bathrooms.” A chalkboard on the sidewalk side of the house reads:

I wish I was a french
Flying on the Bun
Pineapple juice and rum
my ketchup — Dawe

It may be that letters were modified by passersby. “Bun” looks like it may have been “Sun”. Still, any readers care to decode the above verse? The house is on the south side of the 5600 block.

Candy for all the eyeballs that travel North Street.

Candy for all the eyeballs that travel North Street.

La Villa opening shows off studios, cafe

Central American food lovers mill outside Cafe Aroma Latino on Tuesday.

Central American food lovers mill outside Cafe Aroma Latino on Tuesday.

A spillover crowd chatted and ate tamales at a party for the new “La Villa on Agricola” development on North and Agricola streets on Tuesday. The grand opening marks another leap forward for the intersection.
Kids played tag among the guests who flowed out on the sidewalk in front of the building. La Villa contains art studios, a restaurant and apartments. It even has a meeting room with all sorts of AV gizmos that can be booked by non-tenants.
Hard to pigeonhole this event. It was partly an art show as painters, photographers and other artists showed off their ground floor studios.
It was also a restaurant opening and food store launch. Claudia Pinto, owner of the brightly coloured Cafe Aroma Latino, kept a tasty buffet of Guatemalan and Mexican food topped up and steaming.
Finally, it was an open house. A volunteer gave visitors a tour of the upstairs. The guide showed off views from what will be a rooftop terrace. Also featured was the last of 24 units in the complex which remains to be rented, a surprisingly quiet apartment looking down North Street toward the bridge.

Guests mingle among the art studios and galleries.

Guests mingle among the art studios and galleries.


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