I was chatting with Ted this morning. He's an avid Bevboy's Blog reader. He just loves this blog, so I rewarded him this morning by giving him a cheap knock off swiss army knife. I hope you enjoy it, Ted.
Ted grew up in Halifax and can tell you lots of stories of the old days. We started talking about Scotia Square and Bill Ozard, whom I discussed in a blog post a few days ago. Ozard left the CJCH Phone Forum in 1969 to work on the Scotia Square development.
Everyone in Halifax knows about Scotia Square. It's a... well, it used to be a two level shopping mall. Now, all the retail is on the lower level, and there's much less of that retail than there used to be. It's a bit ironic, given that SS was meant to galvanize the downtown 40 years ago. It did this by razing, destroying, wiping out of existence, an entire neighbourhood. Streets like Hurd's Lane, Buckingham Street, Jacob Street, ceased to be, replaced by the Scotia Square edifice.
That was the way things were done back then. You didn't like part of a city? Just tear it down. Destroy it. Who needs it? We nearly lost a section called Historic Properties due to this illogical zeal of 1960's-era municipal politicians. Thank God that this kind of stuff doesn't happen any more.
The streets no longer exist, but there are pictures of them, and I found some this morning. Here's a link to some. Check them out, and see what Halifax looked like back in the day.
Are we better off today, with Scotia Square, and the loss of this community? I'm not so sure. Was that community a dump, or just a working-class part of the city that the hoity toity looked down upon? I'm not sure. I have to research this one a bit more.