Imagine building an urban area with Lego blocks. You’ve likely done it as a child, or perhaps watched your own children do it; Taking the bricks of various colors, shapes and sizes and placing them on top of one another – gradually what you are imagining takes form in front of you.
Now imagine if you could do that to our downtown areas. What would you change?
On February 8, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Mayor Mike Savage and the Halifax Regional Municipality for ‘Downtown... I’m In’ public engagement sessions in both Halifax and Dartmouth to stimulate and capture ideas to shape the downtown areas. Through facilitated discussions, voice your opinion on what will make our downtown even better than it already is.
The events will build on the good work already being completed by the Strategic Urban Partnership, Business Improvement Districts, Greater Halifax Partnership, and certainly the work of HRM staff and many others. Featured guest speakers include Charles Montgomery, author of the Happy City, and Mark Brand, one of Vancouver’s most recognized entrepreneurs. Community, business, and organizational experts, as well as key HRM staff, will also be hosting special information booths for which you can visit, listen and contribute your ideas.
For transportation purposes, the Metro Transit harbour ferry will run from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. that day free of charge. For those of you with young children, Discovery Centre will be around all day facilitating activities while you’re contributing to the downtown discussions.
Those who cannot attend in person can visit www.DowntownImIn.ca for more information. Comments can also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Downtown...I’m In, PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5. HRM residents can use social media to share their ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #DowntownImIn. And don’t forget to check out Mayor Savage's video asking residents what we would like to see.
How would you build your downtown? Bring your innovative and compelling ideas to Saturday's discussion. I’m in, are you?