Home sweet foggy home!
If Saint John is good for anything, it’s the fog – and I don’t mean that in a bad way. If there is one thing I miss since coming to school in Fredericton it’s the creepy cool mist that hangs over Canada’s first incorporated city (circa 1785).
Saint John is hard to pin down. Primarily settled by loyalists and immigrated Irish, the Port of Saint John has become a tourist destination because of the rich history and Victorian architecture. Last year the city was “designated” a cultural capital of Canada, unfortunately the popularity doesn’t do much for the crippling social and economic divides between Saint John’s neighborhoods. Saint John stinks. And it’s not just the smell of the Irving pulp mill pumping fumes into the salty air.
With a total population of over 122,000 (if you include the outlying areas, like Rothesay and Hampton) there are many reasons why Saint John needs a little help get it’s community groove back.
Although it’s been reported that connecting to a specific location means ultimate demise these days for the independent news source – the PEW research institute, in their ‘State of the News Media‘ came up with some surprising data indicating that the ‘younger demographic’ is getting interested in community news.
It’s no secret that the population of New Brunswick is dwindling and the average citizen is ageing with the architecture; it’s for that very reason that I believe, specifically with Saint John, but across New Brunswick there should be conceded effort to create online-community media projects, in order to share the wealth of awesome New Brunswick culture between our younger communities, instead of just pimping it out to cruise ship passengers.