Thursday, October 22, 2009

History of the Common, no "s"

One of Halifax's many assets is its beautiful and civilized Common (not, apparently, "Commons.") It was set aside in 1763 "for the use of the inhabitants of the Town of Halifax forever" (and the occasional Paul McCartney concert). When they built a high school on part of it recently, people started to say, Huh?

Turns out less than a third of the Common now survives, and some people want to hold on to what remains. Tomorrow Friends of the Halifax Common are going to chalk around the Common -- literally draw a chalk line on the sidewalks to mark out the original boundaries. Wish I were there.
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