First Duncan St Neighbourhood Gathering

Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday for the neighbourhood walk.  It was a beautiful day and wonderful to get to know some of you.  Over 40 folks came out to walk through the deep snow trenches and falling snowflakes.
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For those who weren’t able to make it – we all gathered at the Good Food Emporium after the walk and had discussions about what we want to contribute to the neighbourhood.  We hope this is just the beginning of us getting together to starting projects together.

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There were so many good ideas, so we decided to share them ::

LEARNING/ SHARING

  • Talk on history of Duncan Street area
  • History Slide show
  • Film Screening / slideshow @ Duncan/chebucto lane besides nicole’s garden
  • “Pattern Language” sharing – what makes complete neighbourhoods and streets? What are small things we can do?
PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY
  • Checbucto lane becoming a park/pathway, no cars
  • Placemaking for regular pass throughs
  • Beautifying of St.Vincent/ QE/Parking lot of Quinpool Towers
  • Chebucto lane, formalizing the path to Quingate shopping centre
COLLECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE/ COMMUNITY ART
  • Bench making workshop.
  • Roundabout outdoor gathering spot
  • Edible Landscapes
  • Neighbourhood Board for information/ sharing
  • More places to lock bikes
  • Beautifying of Chebucto wall (mosaic, mural, historical info wall/ photo gallery).
FOOD/ CELEBRATION
  • Neighbourhood Naming Ceremony
  • Food – growing/sharing
  • Street Party / food events / gardens
  • Chebucto Lane Party
  • Street Chalk Party
  • Community jam / festive gathering
TOURS/ SOCIALS

  • Backyard tours
  • Porch Party// Stoop Social
  • Picnic after yardsale on the lane

ARTS/ PERFORMANCE

  • Community theatre/ bringing stories to life
  • Neighbourhood Band // Small recording studio to make community album
  • Film Festival
COMMUNITY OFFERS/ CLASSES

  • Community yoga class at st matthews church

COLLABORATIVE SERVICES/ NETWORKS

  • Neighbourhood odds jobs network
  • Book Exchange
  • Peoples stories library (book out a person and their story for an hour)
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Duncan Street Placemaking Begins

We are in the beginning stages of a new project and want you to be a part of it!

Duncan ST Placemaking Schedule
We want to celebrate our beautiful neighbourhood by painting a giant mural together at the intersection of Duncan Street and Chebucto Lane. But what are we going to paint? Over the coming months the neighbourhood will decide what is to be painted through public design sessions.  We will brainstorm and dream about what we can create and build as a community.

You are invited to any and all of the steps along the way!

Specific dates and places tbd and shared.

Keep an eye out for updates on the blog.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INVITATION!

Photos from Black st and Northwood Placemaking 2012

 

 

When neighbours create something together in their common spaces we build community. The placemaking activities taking place in North End Halifax have been a citizen-led transformation of a typical urban street into a unique community gathering point!

 

Over the course of many months community members have been going door to door and hosting sessions at the local seniors residence, schools, and community centres to listen to stories, unearth what is is possible and design a street painting. The final design is a collaborative representation of our community. In the process of reclaiming a physical space together we found we also strengthened our sense of belonging, safety, and well-being. 

    

  

Intersection Painting :: July 14th

“PUBLIC SPACES are our COMPASS for political action, the anchoring element through which citizens feel free to build community and promote social inclusion.” – Enabling City

INTERSECTIONS CAN BE A PLACE TO SLOW down, LINGER & CONNECT.

Through cooperative process of re-inventing and re-invigorating a common space we build the fabric of community. Over the course of many months we have been going door to door, and hosting sessions at the seniors home, schools, and community centres to listen to stories, unearth what is possible, and design the painting.  On July 14th as we come together to paint a representation of our neighbourhood we reclaim not only the physical realm but the belief that we can build and transform.

Here it is, the final community designed painting for  our nieghbourhood intersection.  Click on the picture to view it larger.