I have been considering HRM's green space lately, as I've been reading about how other cities and other countries deal with their environmental pursuits while trying to cut their budgets.
As many of you are well aware Halifax values its green space. With its extensive tree canope it's hard to come by a downtown that is more walkable.
Halifax does have green space that never gets used, however. And this is actually not at all the fault of Haligonians who are leaving this green space idle.
The green space I have in mind is that around our roadways. Grass strips, for example, around the elevated intersection upon entering the downtown via Barrington Street--and the roads leading to the bridges--are what I'm getting at.
Instead of having grass no one uses, which the taxpayers pay to maintain regardless, why not have trees instead?
One of my favourite approaches to the downtown is via Barrington, mainly because of the wonderful tree density you see to the left of the street (masking the navy dockyard). This kind of tree density adds a beautiful green contrast to urban centres.
Yes--grass can look 'neat' and 'tidy', but HRM opts out of that... We don't regularly cut most of the grassed areas.
By choosing native tree species we can save on the costs of maintaining them, even completely eliminating costs.
Frankly: Grass is great for a baseball field that see tons of feets...but grass is useless
if you aren't using it; it's useless to the majority of wildlife; it's useless to our environmental commitments; it's useless to decreasing labour costs of landscaping maintenance.
Idle grass is literally DEAD space.
HRM has a lot of DEAD space.
We could have many, many more trees instead.
P.S.: I wish Halifax had more evergreens so we'd have more green colouration during the winter months