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.
Today the #1 was full and my gentlemanly insistence of ladies first resulted in the bus driving away without me on it. Undaunted, figuring its only –1 today, I walked down Spring Garden and then Barrington, looking up and around to think more about the future of downtown.
It seems inarguable that mayor Kelly was 2011’s Halifax newsmaker of the year, and not in a good way. Try as I might to find another angle, or another way to spin it, the most recurring theme this year in Halifax politics was the mayor’s role in the various scandals and leadership crises that plagued HRM for much of 2011. –more–
Larry Munroe, HRM Auditor General, walked us through the Executive Summary of the Concert Scandal report. First big remark was “CAO and DCAO could not have made these disbursements happen on their own.”