I left the house with a little flutter of excitement on Saturday; I planned to walk around and across the Halifax Common – something I had never done before. This completely urban space (connecting Halifax and by extension walkers and others, to British medieval traditions) was quiet, but filled with activity: people striding across the space, following sidewalks around the edge, couples strolling, others throwing a ball for a dog, parents with children, a crowd off in one corner and most fascinating – the crows. I heard a gentle tap, tap, tap and peered around for the source – crows tapping on the ice skimming the puddles!
HRM provides a short history of the Halifax Common and an aerial view is helpful to situate the Common in the city. If you are very interested in common land/resources check out the book, Governing the Commons, The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action by Elinor Ostrom. I once heard her interviewed – truly captivating.