^I guess last year was a good time to buy. I thought in some previous years there was not much increase, or none at all. I think it will keep going up, as it's still low in comparison to many other places. I've also heard that people returning or investing from other provinces (mostly Alberta) is driving it up.
I noticed some new SJs photos today by Home in my shoes; nice job - here's the link, in case anyone misses checking in the City Photos section:
Also, here's something in the news about lead paint contamination:
St. John’s soil lead levels very high
50 per cent of samples over Canadian limit
The contamination in soil in St. John’s is comparable to major industrial centers like Chicago or New Orleans, results from a study released today show.
After centuries of burning coal and lead paint, Trevor Bell says Memorial University researchers found that half of samples taken from all of St. John’s neighbourhoods exceeded the stringent Canadian limits for lead content.
In the highly contaminated downtown area, all of the samples exceeded Canadian standards.
Even the more lenient American standards for soil lead were exceeded by 25 per cent of the locations in St. John’s.
“As residents of St. John’s we will have to live with that legacy of hundreds of years of coal burning, leaded paint in our houses and leaded gasoline emissions,” Bell says.
The lead contamination is the most acute in the areas around houses built before the 1960, where many coats of lead paint have had years to flake off and contaminate the soil, the study found.
The article goes on to say not to worry too much. I am thinking that must also be the case in many other cities too, where wood siding was used a lot.
Another article, unrelated:
Downtown Memorial For Constabulary
April 15, 2008
The capital city is moving ahead with plans to construct an RNC memorial at the intersection of Gower Street , Long's Hill and Queen's Road. Councillor Shannie Duff says the site will include a sculpture depicting an RNC officer assisting a young girl. Duff says the cost to the city will be close to 69-thousand dollars. Duff says the city and the Downtown Development Commission have proposed a cost-shared funding arrangement with ACOA. The total cost of the project will be almost 276-thousand dollars.
I guess that would be in the small park area at the foot of Longs Hill, which is a nice place for it.