My son James raises his family in Eastern Passage and earns his income at 12 Wing in the Passage —— but he doesn’t spend much of that income in the Passage.
The local economy of the Passage is being “malled” to death : most of the community’s shopping dollars end up in shopping malls in distant parts of HRM.
We need a Mainstreet-style program with real muscle in it to help create a commercial, service and cultural centre core to the greater Eastern Passage area community.
And we need better bus service that ties into that local core — rather than simply being designed to quickly take people out of the Passage to empty their pockets in those distant malls.
Eastern Passage has the potential to be a really vibrant connected community instead of being just a collection of relatively isolated subdivisions, a place where currently many people just lay their heads.
The Eastern Passage – Cow Bay – Astral Drive area easily has the population of really big Nova Scotian towns like Truro or Bridgewater but no one would ever say it collectively provides a cosy “small town” feel.
But if I was your MLA, I would work to make it so.
I have been active in the Greens since 2003 and met many of you going door to door in the by-election to replace Kevin Deveaux.
As for me, I am 66, a mother of two and grandmother of three, born and raised in backwoods Antigonish County, who worked in Burnside in the 1970s and I now live near the Woodside Shopping Centre.
But in reality, I seem to spend much of my time in Eastern Passage with my granddaughter Sam!
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