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  1. I grew up in the south end of Saint John and began to appreciate its architectural beauty and heritage after I grew up and moved away. I’d love to move back if the property tax structure wasn’t so punitive. I thoroughly enjoyed your article and photographs of my old “stomping grounds”. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Ceci, glad you enjoyed the article.

  2. I like it. Who is this Hassan Arif? Sounds like he has a PhD in Urban Sociology or something.

    1. I hear he does have a PhD in Sociology 😉

  3. I always felt as if our city was amazing. Always a mystery to me why more people didn’t see that side of it.
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, glad I could do my part to spread the word.

  4. An interesting read with great pictures. I always enjoyed going walkabout whenever I was in the port of Saint John.

    1. Thank you Skip, Saint John is a great city to walk around in.

  5. Hi Hassan,

    Writing to you from Chipman Hill Suites–we love the article, and your beautiful photos of Saint John. I was wondering if we could post your article in our monthly newsletter, which goes out to our guests/travelling tourists. We think it would make a great addition to the August issue!

    Looking forward to hearing back. Cheers!

  6. I look forward to your August issue, thank you for including me 🙂

  7. Great piece – I agree that Saint John has so much potential, particularly uptown.

    1. Thank you, glad you liked the article.

  8. Hassan Arif, excellent article. I have lived just outside of saint john my entire life. I became accustom to the buildings and really never thought anything of them until i started traveling. I remember coming back from a trip to vegas, grand canon , monument valley etc and never saw a brick house lol. Now i take the time and have a look at each building as much as i can , some of the detail is just amazing. Imagine paying someone that has the skill to do somehting like that now a days .

  9. Thanks for the great article and nice picture showcase of our beautiful historic city.

  10. Great pictures – I grew up just outside of Saint John and we were often in the City. Beautiful pictures of some of the historic buildings. Hope the City “officials” realize they need to help preserve these buildings as so many in other areas get demolished to make way for modern boxes with no character in the name of progress. Thanks Hassan Arif.

  11. I moved here in 2001 and I have never looked back. Originally from Montreal, I appreciate beautiful architecture which SJ has in spades. The restaurant scene is excellent for such a small city and the scenery is superb. I love the grittiness of the industry juxtaposed with the scenic natural beauty all around. But most of all, SJ has the nicest and friendliest people of any place I have lived or visited. It truly is a gem. Thank you for this great and balanced article.