a$$hole neighbor ruins community feature.

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Late last year, I moved into an apartment in the North End. I was really drawn to the building's location because there was an off-leash dog park a stone's throw from my door. The park was covered in "dogs welcome" signs. I visited regularly with my dog.

I was new to Halifax and got to meet a ton of my neighbors this way. Also, I felt the dog park helped keep the area safe: lots of people coming and going mean eyes on the neighborhood and people looking out for one another and homes, cars, etc. This was good because my neighborhood has a slightly patchy record.

All was well in the world until an asshole with two aggressive dogs started a campaign to remove people from the park. As it turns out, the park was run on the condo fees of one of the buildings in its area, and this is the condo complex that this asshole lives in. This mature gentleman didn't like to share the park because his dogs are aggressive, and got sick of waiting for other users to leave. So, instead of compromising with people, he took it to his 'community meeting' or whatever, raised a stink, and now there are signs on the park saying "FOR *the condo* RESIDENTS ONLY." He avoided any effort to organize/cooperate with neighbors, instead just kicking everyone out so he can have the palace to himself (most dog owners in the condo don't ever use it). I've heard he was quite rude to one woman who has a very friendly dog, but other than that he just started an us-versus-them campaign to alienate the neighbors.

Well lo and behold, the park is EMPTY all the time now.

I can't decide if I want the space back, or if I want the land re-purposed so that the empty space doesn't attract crime (a few weeks ago there was a string of arsons in the neighborhood, and there may have been witnesses if neighbors had still felt comfortable using the park). Either way, I feel like I have a right to have some input in what goes on because, as I said, it's a stone's throw from my door.

I've tried to contact the building management but no response. What would you do? —James

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