Category Archives: Heritage

Improved apartment development still an insult to heritage area

Kitchener planners and heritage staff are considering an extremely pedestrian, ugly proposal for a 10-storey apartment building in Kitchener’s Victoria Park Heritage Neighbourhood. Once clear of city requirements, the revised Vive Development proposal will likely go to council early next … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

First tough challenge for our new Ward 9 councillor

Advance polls for Kitchener’s Oct. 22 municipal election are currently taking place around the city. Voting at one such poll, this outgoing, lame-duck councillor was thinking about what could   be the first issue to test the backbone of whoever … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Queen Street renewal, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park, Ward News | Leave a comment

Lip service for neighbourhoods, heritage and the homeless

In the Oct. 22 municipal election, residents should judge their local politicians by their actions and votes, not their empty words. Never was that so true in Kitchener where those seeking re-election to council continue to exhibit shallow “love-my-hood” hypocrisy … Continue reading

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Planning bonuses benefit developers, not taxpayers

Local taxpayers should read it and weep. They have paid about $1 billion for a bungled, much delayed light rail system that I’m glad to see has generated at least $1.2-billion construction activity in downtown Kitchener. But the same taxpayers … Continue reading

Posted in Greener City, Heritage, Homelessness, Journalism, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Ward News | 4 Comments

In development boom, try to attend public meetings

Residents who live near Light Rail Transit should prepare for spinoff impacts of a $1.2-billion development boom expected before 2021. And while I see that boom as healthy intensification, I’m concerned about preservation of eight established neighbourhoods in Ward 9. … Continue reading

Posted in Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Schneider's site, Transit, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

Nibbling away at Kitchener’s heritage neighbourhoods

Pro-developer Kitchener councillors took one more precedent-setting bite at a downtown heritage neighbourhood last night. They did so by approving a flashy development jammed on a very prominent David Street lot in the Victoria Park heritage neighbourhood where I live. … Continue reading

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Housing strategy won’t impact Kitchener’s changing skyline

It’s unlikely Ottawa’s recent and overdue housing strategy will be in place when at least 15 major high-rise projects dramatically change Kitchener’s skyline during the next two years. That approaching $1-billion construction frenzy is caused by a combination of inner-city … Continue reading

Posted in Cherry Park, Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, RIENS, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 2 Comments

Council votes to demolish Victoria Park heritage homes

Seven councillors last night ignored their own heritage staff by voting to demolish two Victoria Park homes that could have provided much-needed housing for low-income  families. Despite opposition from those staff members, some Victoria Park residents and architectural-conservancy experts, council … Continue reading

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Victoria Park heritage homes facing demolition

Kitchener councillors will now decide if regional government will be allowed to bulldoze two Queen Street houses near Joseph Schneider Haus. They will do so after the city’s heritage committee voted 6-2 yesterday to reject a proposal by their own … Continue reading

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Invest in city, give Queen-King Streets the royal treatment

Combining imaginative planning vision with quality design in order to boost and create downtown revitalization is always expensive but Kitchener has already proved the cost is worth the investment. Which is why I support a dynamic $1.8-million city proposal in … Continue reading

Posted in Arts & Culture, Budget, Greener City, Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Queen Street renewal, Vibrant Downtown | 1 Comment