Dreaming of 'the perfect city' : the Halifax Civic Improvement League 1905-1949

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dc.contributor.advisor Howell, Colin D., 1944-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Nicholson, Andrew John Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:43Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.other HT178 C22 H26 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22239
dc.description 162 leaves : ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 158-162).
dc.description.abstract Research concerning Canadian urban reform in the early 20th century has generally neglected to include the activities in the City of Halifax. While cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg were thought to have been the centres of urban reform, Halifax, in fact, also provided a valuable contribution to the debate. From 1905, the Halifax Civic Improvement League worked to raise public awareness of the city's problems and propose solutions. Working from the premise that the "environment influences behavior," the middle class membership of the League sought to implement various beautification schemes and gradually broadened their scope to advocate for town planning and municipal reform. Although interest in urban reform waned during the Great War, the Civic Improvement League resurfaced in the mid-1930s on a wave of "New Deal" optimism and increased efforts at promoting tourism. Aiming for "a Perfect City" to celebrate Halifax's 200 th birthday in 1949, the League nevertheless failed to meet such an objective as class biases and war ultimately undermined such efforts.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HT178.C22
dc.subject.lcsh Halifax Civic Improvement League
dc.subject.lcsh Urban renewal -- Nova Scotia -- Halifax -- History -- 20th century.
dc.subject.lcsh Halifax (N.S.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
dc.title Dreaming of 'the perfect city' : the Halifax Civic Improvement League 1905-1949
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Atlantic Canada Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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