Not In My Front Yard

<p>Protesting a road-widening plan that would eat up some of their properties, residents in Halifax, Nova Scotia, recently moved furniture into their front yards to create outdoor living rooms in the space transportation planners have proposed to take.</p>
October 16, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Residents of a key commuter road moved their furniture outside yesterday morning, creating outdoor living rooms to protest against controversial plans to widen the road by slicing away part of their lawns."

"'We wanted to make the point that we're a neighbourhood and not just an arterial highway,' explained Kevin Moynihan of the Chebucto Neighbourhood Association."

"The spectre of land expropriation is attention-getting, but the neighbourhood activist said that is not the primary issue. He cites pedestrian safety, environmental concerns and cost as other problems with the proposed expansion."

"Transportation planners say that widening Chebucto is the cheapest and least intrusive way to handle congestion that regularly backs up onto the rotary and slows the flow of traffic onto the other roads."

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Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 in The Globe and Mail
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