Another shorter update. Bernie Smith from the Spring Garden Merchants Association called to say that one of the ways that they sold the Stone’s concert was increased business for downtown. The end result of the Stones concert – markedly decreased business on Spring Garden Road, the exact opposite of what was expected, hoped, and promised.
Note: This article was published in the September 25, 2006 issue of the Chronicle Herald on the Op/Ed page. As the mud on the North Common slowly dries under the warm fall sun, you can hear the whirling sound of government, industry and media spinning rapidly and heartily. They spin to ensure that the only message heard after the Rolling Stones –more–
Last night I was out Christmas shopping at Chapters, and it was very very busy, as had been the mall earlier that evening. No parking, packed escalators, the works. Or rather, the usual. The usual is ununsual given these trying economic times! I asked the nice clerk at the cash if it had been this busy all day. She said –more–
I spent last weekend in Moncton, Halifax’ so called arch rival. I was up there for New Brunswick Music Week. I took my kids, did a panel and a ran a workshop, went to Crystal Palace, ate at the Crowne Plaza. We had a lovely time. A dominant meme in Halifax is that Moncton is outpacing Halifax economically, culturally, and –more–