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Below pics from Halifax, 1970:

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New 1959 Pontiac?

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And now for something completely different!

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1965:

 

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New telecommunications tower, 1965

 

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'57 Chevy in 1964.  Note the rusty lower panels on a 7 year old car...

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 I find this an odd advert.



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Check out this Atlantic Sports Car Club Autoslalom from 1963 in the parking lot of Bayers Road Shopping Centre in Halifax.  Spoiler alert: 1961 Pontiac competing at 3:40...  it looks HUGE after watching all those small sports cars doing the course.  I'm impressed that they didn't let the rain bother them, even in the open sports cars!



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Cheviac wrote:

Back in the days when a guy could identify every car on the road , before the asian invasion. Now you can't tell the american cars from the imports.


 Yeah, different times for sure.  It's hard to imagine these days that styling was changed each and every year on most cars, with full model changes (new bodies) or at least major changes to the bodies often happening in 2 year cycles.  Plus, each car maker worked so hard to differentiate their brand from all other brands.

Nowadays, maybe due to the complexity of the platforms, maybe as a cost-cutting measure that the public seems to be okay with, full model changes are typically 4 - 5 years, with some lasting much longer than that.  A minor model change might occur after 2 or 3 years, but usually is just limited to small trim changes, like change the grill or taillights, reshape the hood a little... but the rest of the car stays the same until the full model change (unless the public absolutely shuns the car when it's introduced - then major changes can happen in 1 or 2 years...).



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Abandoned cars in the Halifax area - mid to late 1960s:

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Cool stuff ... I betcha they are long gone!

Just got back from Ontario and saw an abandoned '80s Corvette along the the train tracks around Oshawa while taking the VIA train.



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Great find those Halifax archive photos!

Judging by how run down that area looked, it's no surprise the town tore it ALL down. But just the same, some interesting things were probably lost forever in the purge.



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Great find those Halifax archive photos!

Judging by how run down that area looked, it's no surprise the town tore it ALL down. But just the same, some interesting things were probably lost forever in the purge.


 Yes, there were a lot of run down properties, but there was some valuable buildings (from a historical perspective) that were leveled.  There were quite a few ironstone warehouse type structures dating back to the 1700s in some cases that were torn down, but that was in style back in the fifties and sixties 'urban renewal' movement.  Rip it down and replace it with new modern shiny structures (that will look like crap in a few decades).  And, they didn't rip it ALL down, mostly neighborhoods that were in the way of their inner city expressway project.

There was a key point in the late sixties when they were proceeding with the Harbour Drive project, that would have leveled the remaining buildings on the waterfront to put an expressway through, but some heritage activists who had already witnessed too many historical buildings being torn down, protested and stopped the project - the area they saved is now referred to as Historic Properties.

Thing is, when you walk through downtown Halifax, and then look back to the archives photos, you will find that a great many historical buildings that would have created really nice and varied streetscapes, are gone.  That said, it's still happening today, where over the past few years a masonry building that was built in the 1890s was torn down to build luxury condominiums - they built a Disneyfied brick facade at street level that doesn't even resemble the original building in both style and quality of masonry work - so that's a loss.  There have been two Art Deco buildings with sandstone facades that have been torn down - one replaced with an ugly cheap-looking building (they also tore down two nice brick Victorians to build it), the other one (the old Zellers) at least had the sandstone saved and will reclad the street level facade with the same sandstone once it's finished. 

The city has been slow to act, but they did create the Barrington Street heritage district which will help to preserve some of the old streetscapes, but in NS the heritage protection 'laws' don't have much teeth - it's still not all that hard for a developer to tear down historic structures (one of their favourite tactics is to buy an old building and let it sit without maintenance, until it develops some serious problems, and then apply to tear it down because it is 'unsafe'.  They all know they can do this, and thus develop their business plans (purchase, pay taxes, sit on the property before demolition) based on this.  As extra incentive to tear things down, property taxes are reduced greatly when it transitions from a lot with a building to an empty lot - so why keep this old building around when they can rip it down and save on expenses - and then delay development because it's financially feasible. They can also apply for a demolition permit, even if the building is 'heritage protected', but they have to wait 3 years before they can tear it down... so they buy it, collect rent for 3 years, terminate the leases, and tear it down - like I said... no teeth.

It's a big, complicated topic - Halifax's urban renewal... but yes there were some fairly run down areas by the 1960s.  An interesting corollary to that is the neighborhood just north of Citadel Hill, which appeared to be similarly run down at the time, but wasn't in the way of any projects so it was left as is.  Over the decades it transitioned from a sketchy neighborhood to a neighborhood of nice restored wooden Victorian era homes and is quite vibrant and attractive today.  It has become a bit of a 'cool' neighbourhood with trendy restaurants and small businesses surrounded by Victorian residentials, but would have been lost if the developers or the city had seen value in tearing it down at the time.

FWIW, history has shown that clearing out "slum neighbourhoods" as happened across Canada and the US in the fifties and sixties was not a good idea.  Sometime research some old pics from Hamilton ON, and see what they lost.  It was tragic.



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Wow, look at that post car. And the convert. And the wagon!!! I'll take any one of those.

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Wow, look at that post car. And the convert. And the wagon!!! I'll take any one of those.


The convertible appears to have his brake lights on....."c'mon dear we don't have all day....get back in the car"



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That brand new 61 Strato post. I wonder if it was a V8? How could you tell?

The brochure illustration even shows Perce Quebec. These models were obviously really popular out there. Pretty much any QC town shot from that period has at least one in view.

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I think V8s had that slender V emblem behind the front wheel as you ca see on the Laurentian Sport Coupe in this brochure page:

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I think V8s had that slender V emblem behind the front wheel as you ca see on the Laurentian Sport Coupe in this brochure page:

http://www.oldcarbrochures.org/Canada/GM-Canada/Pontiac/1961-Pontiac-Brochure/slides/1961_Pontiac_Cdn-06-07.html


 Yup - exactly right......that '61 blue Sport Coupe is sweet......biggrin



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cdnpont wrote:

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 This is a wicked photo. Love the car ... one I would have seen at a B/A station ... hung around a B/A station the first six years of my life.



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I'm surprised at how high that Strato sits. I get the feeling those tires are add on's. They look very tall. Could you get a wide WW like that factory?



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Toronto, 62.

The 62 has a performance vibe,

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