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Damn thats a pretty sweet looking city... not sure what I expected but this thread has put Halifax on my radar for sure. Nice shots!
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It's like a more vertical Portland, Maine. Wonderful city.
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Halifax has some nice stone and frame buildings. You can definitely see a New England resemblance in several pictures.

So is that the place where the Alexander Keith's IPA that I drink when in Canada is brewed?
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Great pics as always, flar!

Halifax is personally my favorite Canadian city. I feel most at home there, like I stepped into a more prosperous, parallel universe Maine. All of the Maritimes feel like home to me, at least the portions of NS, NB and PEI I've visited (haven't made it up to Newfoundland yet...). That's not to say there aren't differences between "Canadian New England" and "American New England", but honestly, the differences aren't that much greater than you'd notice between Maine and Mass.
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Great city! I enjoyed my visit there even though it was -20 C when I arrived.
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at 10, i didn't want to move there.
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at 31 it doesn't seem that bad though - it has a definite sense of place, which is not all that common in canada.
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Nice photo spread of a city that I have a natural affinity for.


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Donairs are far and away Halifax's greatest gift to the world.
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Great photos.

The downtown is narrowly defined as the area between the Citadel and the harbour. Increasingly this area is becoming the "old downtown" in Halifax as the city grows and other districts develop. This isn't the busiest part of the city anymore but it has a wonderful mix of buildings that are unique in Canada.

The big downside of Halifax really comes through in these photos though. The city's been obsessing over "fixing" Barrington but nothing has been done. On the one hand, there's Detroit-style rhetoric about revitalization and on the other hand there are developers wanting to build things but just can't get permits because of opposition to development and brutal convoluted bureaucracy. It's a place with a lot of advantages and potential but with a lack of ambition that can be very frustrating. The time-honoured tradition for dealing with the problem has been to move somewhere like Toronto, which makes things even worse. I really like it there but I couldn't have stayed either. Maybe it will get better as the city grows - it already feels a bit bigger and a bit more connected to the world than it did when I first saw it in the 90s.
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It's like a more vertical Portland, Maine. Wonderful city.
I always thought of a comparison like that between Newport RI and Halifax. Maybe Providence and Newport rolled up into one.
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Great thread!
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Great set of pictures! Thanks!
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It seems to me like Halifax is much more built up today than a place like Portland but probably would have been pretty similar in scale back in 1920 or so. Portland reminds me a little more of Saint John, NB, which also has more similar architecture.

Halifax is a little strange in that it was very successful in its early years (up until 1880 or so) and then growth slowed. In most North American cities, growth picked up around that time. Cities like Providence became a lot bigger as new industries developed, but the Maritimes lost industry to places like Ontario after they became a part of Canada. These days Halifax is doing well compared to places that still had a lot of manufacturing jobs.

It is also difficult to compare cities because no city in New England is directly comparable. Halifax is the biggest city within a day's drive whereas even Portland is quite close to Boston. In cases like that you get a lot of things concentrated in the city that wouldn't otherwise exist - major universities, hospitals, regional offices, media, and so on.
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Wow, amazing! I never expected to see Halifax in a flar thread. We are definitely honoured!

I'd ask how much we owe ya, but I doubt we could afford it anyway lol.
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