How Brunswick is transforming into the new couture city
With its modern, modern elegance, fashion is slowly taking over Brunswick, N.S., where the city has more than doubled in size since the 1950s.
The city’s population is about 13,000.
It’s one of five Atlantic provinces that have had significant population growth since the last census in 2014.
Its growth has been fuelled by the boom in tourism and the construction of new hospitals and public buildings.
Brunswick’s population grew by about 9 per cent between 2015 and 2017, according to the 2011 census.
But its growth is accelerating, as its population shrinks.
Brunswick’s downtown is a mixed-use complex that includes a museum, offices and retail.
It also has a number of high-end, mid-rise apartments, as well as more upscale rental properties, which is where the fashion-driven boom is taking hold.
Brunpton-Brampton is a bit of a mecca for fashion, said Lisa Deitch, an associate professor of urban planning at the University of British Columbia.
It is a place where people are coming to shop, eat and relax, she said.
“They’re coming to get away from the city.
The city is in a very different mode than other Canadian cities,” she said, referring to its downtown, where many residents still commute from other parts of the province, and where many of the major highways lead to the city’s airport.
Deitch said that while Brunswick is home to many high-profile fashion brands, it is also one of the least expensive places in Canada for the average consumer to buy a pair of jeans, a dress, a skirt or a coat.
In recent years, however, it has become an important hub for fashion-focused retailers.
With its growing number of residents, Brunswick’s economy is also becoming more dependent on tourism.
Tourism is a major source of income for the city, said Deitch.
In the city centre, more than half of the business activity is related to tourism, she added.
The trend is also taking its toll on the city government, which has struggled to meet its growth targets.
Its fiscal outlook, released last week, said it will need $1.5 billion in additional revenue from 2019 to 2021.
Its budget for the coming fiscal year is $4.2 billion, compared to $3.4 billion for the same period last year.
The growth in the city council, which includes many people who were elected with the promise of creating a more appealing environment for tourists, has not helped, said James McArthur, the city manager of tourism, heritage and cultural resources.
While the city was already facing a deficit of about $3 billion in 2019-20, the number of visitors has increased, he said.
That has pushed the city into a situation where the budget is no longer in surplus, he added.
A more significant issue is the fact that the city is still not fully in compliance with a number or conditions of the city charter, said John Dube, the executive director of the Brunswick Council of Visitors, a provincial body that represents the city residents and businesses.
We have not really made sure that we are following the charter, he noted.
As a result, we have a lot of questions about how our city is operating, and what is the scope of our charter, Dube said.
Bunswick also has some of the highest rates of homelessness in Canada, according the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which studies homelessness issues.
A report last year by the Halifax Regional Municipality found that, between 2006 and 2017 alone, the population of Halifax fell by more than 200,000, or about 4 per cent.
But the number who are homeless, the report found, is decreasing.
Some of that has to do with the city-run services that are available to the homeless, said Dube.
He said the government’s response has been to set up a community support centre that provides information and supports for the homeless.
On top of that, there are several other municipal agencies that have struggled to provide services, he pointed out.
For example, the Halifax Area Homeless Resource Centre (HAHRC) is a community-based agency that provides housing and other services to homeless people, including shelter and emergency housing, but has not been able to keep up with demand.
Other problems include the city not collecting sales tax, which the city collects on residential property, but the tax is not collected on businesses that rent out their properties.
In addition, there is an infrastructure deficit in the downtown area that has made it hard for the public to access services.
That is also being addressed by the city planning department, said Chris McCreery, the councillor for the Ward 1 and Ward 2 neighbourhoods, which are located between Brunswick and Halifax.
It’s difficult for me to tell you how many people we have to support, he explained.
We have a budget for housing, for social housing, we don’t have