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.
This is not the first time your faithful scribe has written about concerts in opposite land. Now our special east coast brand of concert socialism has bent both the market and audience expectations like a five dimensional pretzel. That’s right, like Star Trek, things are so bent out of shape we need an extra dimension to even map out how we got here.
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. I didn’t blog much for the first three months of the year, but things changed – read more –