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Effective Lighting & Public Safety on the Common

Letter To The Coast Magazine by Peggy Cameron, Coordinator, Friends of the Halifax Common

Lumieres law-the further the light is from the source the lower the intensity.  Multiple stadium lights without cut-offs installed on too-tall poles at The Oval are a glaring example of ineffective and inefficient lighting design.

Lumieres law-the further the light is from the source the lower the intensity. Multiple stadium lights without cut-offs installed on too-tall poles at The Oval are a glaring example of ineffective and inefficient lighting design.

Glare And Present Danger – Letter to the Editor, January 15, 2015.  Although we can feel vulnerable walking alone at night, there no evidence that bright lights reduce crime. (Streetlight scarcity casts risky shadows,” feature by Ameya Charnalie and Sergio Gonzalez, How to fix the city issue January 8).
That’s not to say Halifax doesn’t have lots of problems with  lighting. There is a public safety issue when people need to be able to Continue reading

Questioning A New Permanent Building – June 5th

Questions and comments for consideration
1. Temporary Buildings:
a. As per the change to the legislation the only building permitted is the one exclusively to support the Oval.  What is the schedule for removal of the temporary buildings now in their 5th year?
ovalb.-The Museumplein in Amsterdam is one example of many of a public park that kept its green space by installing underground parking and buildings-there is even an underground shopping centre. Why isn’t the building being built underground with underground parking and a walkway/tunnel to the Central Common?
c. Kiosks are not legal buildings exclusively to support the Oval – Why aren’t food trucks used- they could be parked on the street?

2. Chillers: Continue reading

Letter to The Coast – Don’t lighten up

To the editor,

Thanks for all the great Halifixes suggested (“Halifixes ’08,” Jan. 3, 2008). However, the “Common sense proposal” is going down the wrong path on two counts:

1. Re: better lighting—unfortunately, the idea that better lighting ensures better security is notional. Studies reveal that lighting reduces the fear of crime rather than crime itself.

Most crime happens in the daytime. In recognition of this, many US cities have restricted outdoor lighting, as turning off lights turns off crime, with nighttime criminals being more readily detected if they have to use lights.

2. Safety on the Common: Statistically, there has been a decrease in crime on the Halifax Common. That doesn’t help those who have had the misfortune of having something dreaded like a theft or attack happen to them, but perhaps we would better off trying to “take back” the Common, instead of building on uncertain fears.

The Common is the collective neighbourhood. HRM has a very good plan based on thorough public consultation, the Halifax Common Plan (1994) which since its completion has not only been ignored, but contravened. Much of what the plan lays out involves doing things to increase the overall use of this magnificent green and public space—and I’m not talking about how many mega-concerts we out-compete Moncton for.

If you’re interested in the history of the Halifax Common, there’s a free public lecture on Thursday, January, 17 at 7:30pm at the Museum of Natural History with guest speaker Dr. Susan Markham-Starr.

For details on the 1994 Plan see halifax.ca/real_property/HalifaxCommonReportArchive.html.

By Peggy Cameron