Part IV- Blowers Street
Blowers Street is a short street running down the hill from the Spring Garden Road area into downtown. As these pair of shots indicate, its seen a few changes over the past eight years, even if they haven’t been as dramatic as those in other areas of the city. The white building on the left hand side of the 2004 shot has been completely renovated, with the addition of a fourth story and a new, brown, facade. It used to the be the home of I Love Sushi and the Hungry Chili, with apartments on the second and third floors. The apartments have given way to the new location of Bahn Thai (which used to be located just of Spring Garden Road) and the site of Hungry Chili is now a poutine joint. Pro Skates (in the green and red stucco building on the left of both shops) decamped for Quinpool almost two years ago. The building is currently vacant, awaiting likely demolition (as a part of the redevelopment of the adjoining Church lands).
The white building on the right side of both shots, was the home of Opa!, a greek restaurant. The restaurant is still a going concern, in the same location and under the same management, but under a new name. When the restaurant became a chain, it changed its name to Ela!, so as to avoid a conflict with another eatery which had trademarked the original name. The revised sign can be seen just on the inside of the streetlamp in the 2012 shot.
Otherwise, the changes are fairly minor: there’s a new awning on the Subway at the corner of Argyle, and banners advertising the Halifax Tattoo now adorn the light standards. For several months this year, the street was one-way downhill only, but it reverted to two-way traffic shortly before the new photo was taken.