Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thinking Out Loud


These are photos of a neighbourhood in north end Halifax.


It is called the Hydrostone because the vast majority of homes were made from stone.


This was the extended area of the neighbourhood in which I grew up.


It was a 'working class' area that was totally devastated by an explosion in 1917.


This entire area of about 10 city blocks was paid for by the city of Boston after that explosion.


Today it is becoming the 'have to place' to live and shop in Halifax.


This residential and shopping area has become a Nova Scotia Heritage Site. Go figure, my old neighbourhood.



22 comments:

  1. Looks nice Jim. Even nicer with leaves on the tress I'll bet.

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    1. So true Chris. Halifax is noted for its canopy of trees in the summer.

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  2. It looks lovely - I`m loving the style and design of the houses -what caused the explosion ?

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    1. Janet, two ships filled with explosives for WW1 collided in the harbour. Thousands were killed and many more injured. My Dad was 1 year old and his family lost a few people from resulting injuries.

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  3. I didn't know Boston was involved in your rebuild.

    I love stone houses.

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    1. There have always been close ties to Boston even before 1917. A lot of people (my relatives as well on both sides of family) settled there. It almost like a 'sister city' in many ways. In gratitude for what Boston did for our city, Nova Scotia has been sending that huge Christmas tree displayed I believe on the Boston Common every year.

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  4. That's what happens once the Gays take over. Soon you'll start seeing cafes and boutiques everywhere!
    m.

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    1. Yikes! It's already started!!! What should we do Mark? lol

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  5. But Jim, aren't you personally a Heritage Site yourself?

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    1. Excusez-moi, s'il vous plait!!! I'll get ya for that missy! You must have been talkin' to you know who! lol

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  6. That's quite a tribute to little Jimmy.

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  7. Hey Jim,I can only imagine all those trees festooned with leaves in summer! Love the houses and that story about the explosion always brings a pang to my heart when you mention it. xoxo Liesl

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    1. It is very beautiful when it all fills in with 'green'. Yes I understand your feelings about the explosion. It really has affected and changed the city forever.

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  8. It's pretty cool how some neighbourhoods grow up like that. Makes me look at real estate in a whole different way!

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    1. Lael that is true, one never knows.

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  9. It's beautiful Jim. No wonder it's THE place to live.

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    1. Peninsular Halifax is very small and people who want to live in this part of the city presently have their eyes on the north end.

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  10. Actually Terry it is.....most people from away would probably think the whole city is! Which is OK with me.

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