Monday, December 07, 2015

Proposals For The Future Of Halifax


I had to stand precariously in the middle of the road in order to get a modern comparison shot to the one featured in this old Edwardian picture postcard (the things I do for whatever it is I do). The danger was worth it because the two shots provide testament to the skill of generations of Halifax town planners who have managed to preserve much of the Victorian architecture of the town. As a relatively small town wedged in between its bigger city cousins, Halifax is constantly trying to find its way in the post-industrial age. I think the solution is relatively simple - and not outrageously expensive. Demolish any building built after 1930 (the date is somewhat arbitrary but would allow the cinemas to remain); re-lay the tram lines; and market the town as an Edwardian and Victorian retail theme park. Job done.

7 comments:

  1. Excellent scheme! I'll vote for that.
    Although as HGS only began in 1907 I'll put our cut-off date as 1939. Otherwise I'll find myself living in a tent.

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  2. To be successful, Alan, this theme park will need your services as a strolling street photographer dressed in period costume with brolly and homburg.

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  3. I've stood in the middle of streets and roads for pictures, and once for a little lost girl. I agree this town looks well maintained. Is the square building, in the right foreground below, on your demolition list?

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  4. I like it that old buildings have been kept , but I think tram lines , power lines and telephone lines were ugly. I'm glad they're gone.

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  5. You need to join the town planning team. Great comparison shot.

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  6. Much wider pavements, at the expense of the road. No wonder we have traffic jams.

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  7. And Rebuild Ramsdens Brewery........

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