An especially meaningful Open City.
Open City is a reminder and an invitation—to get out, participate, and enjoy everything our city has to offer. This year’s Open City—or Re-Open City, as we dubbed it given how the pandemic has affected our day-to-day lives—was especially exciting and refreshing. The first year ever that the event was led and guided exclusively by Develop Nova Scotia, 2020’s Open City was something residents were craving—an excuse to be out, explore the city, and have fun while supporting the recovery of the businesses we all value so much.
The 2020 Re-Open City event provided some much-needed hope and optimism during a very difficult time for our small businesses. The event came at a time when people were eager to get back out and shop again at our local businesses, which desperately needed support from their community. This event was the perfect opportunity to encourage Haligonians to get out and do their part to protect the businesses that we have all come to love and rely on.
Tracy Jackson, Executive Director, North End Business Association
Another year of celebrating our diverse community.
Develop Nova Scotia is dedicated to creating safe, accessible, and welcoming spaces for all our people. We want to ensure that our public spaces are platforms for cultural expression, critical conversations, and social change. It’s why we work closely with community organizations and partners to be sure that we reflect and celebrate the diversity of our province’s cultures and communities. Community events like JubaLee, a musical and cultural production of the Black Cultural Centre, of which we are a funding partner, celebrate the diversity of our province—including Black, Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Celtic and newer immigrant cultures. In 2020 we were also an event partner for the YAC Salt Yard Sessions, a presenting sponsor of The Wood History of Hip Hop , and a proud sponsor of a book commemorating the experience of 45 Indigenous youth from across Canada who participated in Msit No’Kmaq sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Halifax to France on board tall ship Gulden Leeuw during Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.
Ensuring a strong future for coastal cities.
The Art of City Building conference unites thought leaders from around the world to challenge and inspire people to think about their cities and themselves in new ways. This year’s theme, “under water”, encouraged the community to consider issues—especially relevant to coastal locations like ours—like the climate crisis, the global pandemic crisis, and the economic crisis. By rethinking a city like Halifax in a way that balances economic growth and social inclusion with environmental regeneration, we can help shape a city where everyone can thrive by the sea.
If we’re going to do sustainability work, if we’re going to do climate work, if we are going to fight for this world to keep us all here and to thrive for future generations, we can’t do it without equity. We can’t do it without centering people who we have historically said are expendable—because they’re not.
Tamika Butler, Art of City Building 2020