Downtown Halifax is changing, and one of those big changes is the Nova Center construction on Argyle Street in the city’s downtown core. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this new development, and it has changed the character and ambiance of one of Halifax’s best-known bar streets. Welcome to week 293 of Travel Photo Thursday. Let’s have a stroll down Argyle Street and see what’s all the fuss.
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The bars lining both sides of Argyle Street were quiet on this Sunday afternoon. That probably had something to do with the summer heat and a perfect beach day. Who’s going to sit in a bar when you can sit in the sand, eh? The brick building just at the end of the patio is Halifax’s Neptune Theater. The theater has a good reputation, and when I lived in Halifax, I always had a season ticket. The most memorable performance I ever saw here headlined Halifax’s Denny Doherty of Mama’s and Papa’s fame, chronicling his relationship with Mama Cass.
The Nova Center
Here’s my first glimpse of Nova Center. My immediate thought was BIG! Spanning two city blocks, it will boast commercial towers, a boutique hotel, a convention center, and much more, by the time it’s completed. I couldn’t get a photo of the entire building with one shot. This first one is the front facade at the beginning of the block and the second shot was taken at the end of the second block. All of the other buildings on the street dwarf in comparison and Nova Center is a game changer for the area. It’s little wonder that businesses are demanding compensation from the city for lost business during the construction phase. I understand progress, but not so sure that I’m happy with this particular development. Maybe that’s because I spent many a Friday night across the street from Nova Center sipping white cadillacs and rusty nails at the Jury Room in the city’s historic Carleton Hotel. Built in 1760 it’s the city’s third oldest building.
I love the reflections, and I have to say that I have never seen so many cranes in downtown Halifax. There seems to be a new building going up on just about every corner, and many of them are condos.
The Carleton Hotel (circa 1760)
How fitting that right next door, we have St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Built in 1749 it’s the city’s oldest building and the oldest Protestant place of worship in Canada. I love the steeple against the blue sky.
Finally, a view of the Halifax harbor is never far away, when you’re in the downtown core.
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