LED Lights Installed In Halifax Rejected In Toronto, Calgary, Phoenix and Elsewhere

LED Lights Installed In Halifax Rejected In Toronto, Calgary, Phoenix and Elsewhere

Daytime conditions at night are driven by two issues.  The first is that 4000K LED lights are being used across the Halifax Peninsula. These lights produce short wavelength, high energy light which is uncomfortable to the eye.  The second is that - as shown in the image above - the hoods in which bulbs sit allow tremendous amounts of light to spill out horizontally in through windows of adjacent homes.   These kinds of LED lights (i.e., 4000K with hoods that promote light pollution) have been rejected in several other cities.

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Research Does not Support Claim that Parking Loop Promotes Safety in Urban Schools

Research Does not Support Claim that Parking Loop Promotes Safety in Urban Schools

Research conducted by a York University team does not support claim that a new drop-off loop is the linchpin of safety for students at Le Marchant-St. Thomas.   In their findings, published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention, the research team state that a “modal shift” from automobiles to walking and biking is the key action which decreases child pedestrian motor vehicle collisions (PMVCs) in walkable communities. 

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Summary of April 4 Public Meeting Regarding LMST Parking & Drop-off Loop

Summary of April 4 Public Meeting Regarding LMST Parking & Drop-off Loop

Representatives from Nova Scotia government provided the general public with an opportunity to discuss options regarding site design for Le Marchant St. Thomas Elementary School in a public consultation held at Gorsebrook Junior High School on April 4th. Several people in the meeting expressed their appreciation regarding the province’s willingness to engage in a dialog, looking for a positive outcome for the provincial government, the school district, and the public.

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Resources to Help Understand the Relationship Between Parking and Walkable Communities

Resources to Help Understand the Relationship Between Parking and Walkable Communities

Many resources are available to help us understand the impact that parking has on walkable communities.  This article provides resources to help you understand what makes a community walkable as well as what many organizations have said regarding the relationship between parking and walkability.   Here you'll find information provided by the City of London (UK), the Urban Land Institute and others regarding why parking needs to de-emphasized in pedestrian-oriented environments. 

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LMST: What Might Have Happened vs. What Actually Happened

LMST: What Might Have Happened vs. What Actually Happened

How do Haligonians want their provincial government to approach the task of building a new school in their community?  Should the community be consulted or should they accept whatever template-derived school the province and its contractors decide to build? What does the precedent set with Le Marchant-St. Thomas mean for other communities in Halifax with respect to public consultation and design? Does it matter?   

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