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Old Posted Jan 20, 2014, 2:04 AM
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Hunter Street micro-lofts and density on the Peninsula

I thought this project was pretty interesting because it relates to some discussion that has appeared in this forum: http://www.densecity.ca/

Specifically, the question of what to do with stable neighbourhoods of single-family dwellings comes up. I think this, combined with larger-scale development on empty lots, is a great approach.

There's a related site with blog and some restoration projects: http://urbanrenewable.com/

The page also has this map of population density in Halifax:



This is much more meaningful than a census tract density map where industrial areas and parks are merged in with developed residential blocks. It looks like university residences aren't counted though (they are pretty significant -- Dal alone has over 2,000 rooms for students). It would be interesting to see a map incorporating the full student population as well as employment density.
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That's my map! Well, my friend Zack did it for me before the election for a Pecha Kucha - he and I put it out there for public use - here is the full set - http://wayemason.ca/maps/
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I really like the restoration site; shows what can be done with old buildings that are 'too far gone to save'.
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The restorations are indeed awesome, and the map hints at what I suspected: The city's densest areas are, with the exception of a few towers elsewhere, often highrise-free census tracts full of modestly sized single-family or rowhousing. (Including the ever-controversial Schmidtville.)

Redeveloping these areas doesn't make nearly as much sense as targeting the more lightly shaded areas, where redevelopment would A: Produce a lot more bang for the buck, density-wise, B: Preserve more historical housing stock and streetscapes, and C: Require less property acquisition, resulting in less disruption to the population, and fewer costs to developers.

Of course there's still room for more central redevelopment in the dark-blue areas, but a gentler hand is required there.
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I can't find that map on the site. The design is a bit too designer-y to be useful.
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Is anyone else noticing that Park Vic, one of the densest buildings in Halifax, is showing up as <5 ppl / hectare?
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I noticed that there were no people living in Park Vic. There are no people living at the Vic either.
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Is anyone else noticing that Park Vic, one of the densest buildings in Halifax, is showing up as <5 ppl / hectare?
Actually if I read the map legend correctly; Park Vic is designated Industrial. As is The Vic...
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