This didn’t get picked up for publication in the Coast so I’m sharing it here instead. It’s in response to this review of Picnic on Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth.
I was delighted to read the positive review of Picnic by Melissa Boute published on March 9th. The Dart Gallery/Picnic is just one of many businesses that have brought new life to Downtown Dartmouth. With affordable rents, walkable streets and a welcoming business community, Downtown Dartmouth is a great place for entrepreneurs to put their ideas to the test. Unfortunately, Picnic’s positive review was marred by Buote’s first three paragraphs comparing Downtown Dartmouth to The Haunting’s “Hill House” where no one would want to be “in the night, in the dark.” An attempt at a clever analogy taken too far. Boute’s piece makes too much of dated stereotypes that don’t match the kind of place Downtown Dartmouth has become. After dark, there are a many places to go Downtown that no one would describe as “sketchy” including the Celtic Corner, 73 Fusion, Ill Trullo, Battery Park, The Wooden Monkey, The Canteen and of course Picnic. In the summer, our Downtown has been packed for events like the Portland Street Party, the Downtown Food Crawl, the Food Truck Rally and Switch. Crime stats from Halifax Regional Police confirm that Downtown Dartmouth is not a dangerous place and that crime has decreased three years running. Buote should get out more – in the night, in the dark, on the Darkside.
Councillor Dartmouth Centre