Participatory budgeting review and delay, next two weeks, Camp Courage, more.

So, March came in like a lion, let us hope it goes out like a lamb. You can read my apology and thoughts on sidewalk snow removal here. Participatory budget delay for review, rethink and redesign It’s been six great years of Participatory Budgeting, and it’s time to talk about what changes we may want to see to make it even better. I had hoped to have a meeting last Fall but we ran out of time, so I’ve decided read more

MYTHBUSTERS – are rural assessments hiding urban/suburban average assessed values in HRM?

During this year’s budget debate some folks on twitter convinced some councillors of the following myth – the average assessment in HRM was artificially low because the rural home values were bringing down the average, hiding how high taxes in the urban/suburban assessments were becoming. I asked staff to review this and they found the urban service average is $249,900 (this is for the urban and suburban area on the map above), only slightly higher than the $214,4000 average for read more

Poor state of sidewalk snow removal

I wanted post a quick note to acknowledge the poor state of sidewalks in Halifax right now. The quality of snow removal this last storm has not been acceptable. The standards the municipality has adopted for sidewalk snow clearing are not very good, allowing up to a day and a half before residential sidewalks have to be cleared, and this week even those weak standards have not been met. This has to change. While the snowstorm on Sunday night was read more

The Cogswell Interchange is coming down, community events, more.

Quick note this Friday afternoon as I try and get this update out for residents.  Just one big bit of news. Tuesday at Regional Council was a historic day – the interchange is coming down! The Cogswell District public realm (transportation, parks) plans were approved. The size, shape and feel of the buildings are yet to come.  Engagement regarding commemoration and placemaking, especially the focus on African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities will continue. The public will have input into read more