Fear not government employees are on the case. Just goes to show the disdain that they have for taxpayer money. Maybe we could enlist the help of Efficiency Nova Scotia to help, that is if they are not too busy removing old fridges. At $250.00 a fridge I would do the job myself, but then what would the civil servants be doing? Probably mowing grass at Dexters house, he must have one hell of a lot of old fridges, that truck is at his house almost every second day.
LOL! The irony kills me
Dartmouth High - still a shit hole after all these yesrs, lol
Celebration Square what a bunch of bunk! Grand Parade should remain "Grand" and not filled with monuments. There are many parks in the HRM that these monuments could be built and not clutter a very historic piece of ground.
It's a crime scene!
Idiots working above their capacity.
Corporate graffiti, that's all we fucking need!
I see a 2.5 hour bon-fire waiting to happen.
I love the way the title left out the word 'sign'!
"tuned into the city"? Tuned somewhat into the social/entertainment news of the CWG more like...that's perhaps maybe 5 percent of all adults in HRM at the outside.
Jennier, your idea of "tuned into the city" is superficial and limited. That's operating at a high-school or university level, like thinking that just because you know what bands are playing at every club on an upcoming weekend that you've got all the knowledge that matters. Here's a clue: police, city councillors, cabbies, journalists - the ones that are good at their jobs - they're examples of people who are "tuned in" to what's going on in a city.
It's the Grand Parade.
I expect jennier's friends would be very disapointed if they visited the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
I don't think the Americans are going to change their proud historic place names to suit jennier's type. So why should we?
Why do we do things so half arsed in HRM? Please don't embarrass us any more Mr Mayor et al. When something amazing like the Oval turns out to be spectacularly popular, put your full collective weight behind it. It might make shit like this or obviously wrong things like the CONvention Centre or the future Bribery Memorial Stadium easier to sneak past us. And while you are at it, I know you likely have lot's of parking space at your home, but many of us don't. It doesn't leave a good taste having to scramble around for parking like a non-taxpaying citizen, use some common dog and make that ridiculous embarrasing shit go away as well. Seriously, you'd think there won't ever be another election people! Wake up, we put you there, we pay you, and we will yank you the hell out!!
What's to celebrate ? Some mickey mouse mini Arc de Triomphe foisted on us by the exceptionally self important.
In my opinion, "Grand Parade" is confusing for visitors and new Haligonians. I have had people ask me when the parade is starting... and it wasn't Pride weekend.
Everyone who is at all tuned into the city knows that "Celebration Square" is Grand Parade.
"retarded", sodypop, I agree...& IMO also a waste of money. for material as well as labor to build & install them !
I was more bothered by the ads being broadcast through the air every few minutes through the PA system. At times I can even hear them in my house a couple blocks away! Surely we can come up with better music programming than just to rebroadcast a (crappy) radio station!
I agree who cares about the ads, ignore them.
That's what I mean, the advertising isn't meant for the "commons" but for the "oval" - which is essentially an outdoor rink. If it's funded by a company, they will expect recognition.
The ads above - ok, should move because they have sponsored an "event", when the event is over, so is your recognition. I guess I'm replying more to an ongoing discussion (on twitter and elsewhere) about who will fund the oval in the future.
But hey, if the municipality will pony up the cash, then sure - there will be no ads and that's the way it should be. But I'm saying, HRM will likely look for sponsorship, and the only way they'll get it is by offering recognition on site.
Well ralmn, if you allow advertising on the Commons you must allow it in every other city-owned park and public space . Where do you draw the line? Do you want ads in high schools, public playgrounds and walking trails? Like it or not, allowing ads on the Commons opens up a mighty big can of worms as The Coast stated above. This could leave ad restrictions in other public spaces wide open to court challenges.
Oh... and if you think about advertising on the oval, as shown in the image above, how is it any different than the advertising on the boards in every hockey arena and curling rink across the land?? It's really not intrusive, and sometimes it's the only way that they find the $ to put in a new heater, fix up the washrooms, build shelves in the changing rooms, or in the case of the rink I used to work in - supply seats. Why is it so different in the Commons? Are they that much MORE sacred than any other public skating facility? If they can't be seen easily from the park, really, what's the big deal? If we had an indoor oval, you can bet the walls would be lined with spronsors logos.
It's either a park - and there shouldn't be an oval in it to begin with, or it's a skating facility with higher levels of maintenance required and sponsorship is a traditional way to pay for that.
Sorry. Guess I thought through my argument a bit more. :)
I don't know... I have mixed feelings about ads at the Oval. As someone who is in revenue development for a charity, giving a company something in return for the cash they're donating is a pretty necessary to that way of business. Not only that, if they're donating $100,000 or more to the upkeep of the oval, they're a community minded business who DESERVES recognition for their work. Placing their name/logo on site is a little different than "advertising" a product, listing specials, etc, etc. It's common practice in stadiums, arenas and more (these things can often be publicly owned), and if it's what gets a beloved project off the ground for the community to enjoy, why not?
Would you rather NOT have the oval? Yes, I know, some people don't want it - but those who do, if this is what will keep it...
PS: Yes, I know gov't funds should pay for recreation, I agree completely, but sometimes it isn't feasible. Yes, this is a small % of the HRM budget, but it's not like they can fundraise for an overpass (ha, which they SHOULD). Rec departments are usually the first to get cut, and the last to get increased at budget time, and there may be 15 more projects in the can that have been waiting for approval for 2011. Transportation/public works is often the FIRST to increase and last to be cut... it's the same everywhere. How can you ignore other projects that have been priorities longer? Well, but finding private funding.
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