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Transit advocate wants more welcoming landing spot for cruise ship passengers

'Their first impression of Halifax is a giant parking lot,' said Houssam Elokda
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The Anthem of the Seas towers behind the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market and Pier 21 (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

A transit advocate thinks Halifax can do a better job of welcoming cruise ship passengers.

"Thousands of tourists come to Halifax every year ... and their first impression of Halifax is a giant parking lot," said Houssam Elokda.

The spokesperson for It’s More Than Buses told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show, a mixed-use community of commercial, residential and public spaces would make the landing spot more appealing.

"Build a community. We could have an arts centre there and make it kind of like Granville Island in Vancouver where artists can have space to create and showcase their work," said Elokda. "It can really be something different if we dream it and push for it."

He described the space near the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and Pier 21 as a large piece of undeveloped land in the heart of the the city.

Elokda said most of the area is owned by the federal government, but he'd like the three levels of government to have a discussion on how it could be better utilized.




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