Category Archives: Heritage

Kitchener homeowners should learn more about RIENS

Intensified attention. That’s what I believe is necessary for anyone living in an established area of Kitchener, including residents in heritage areas. Homeowner attention is vital for an ongoing planning study known as Residential Intensification in Established Neighbourhoods (RIENS). I … Continue reading

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Kitchener councillors political art of public appearance

If you care about creation of a downtown arts-culture facility in one of Kitchener’s few city-owned heritage buildings, I would suggest you speak up at Monday’s June 6, council meeting. The session starts at 7 p.m. and you can register to … Continue reading

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Providing a home for art, culture and high tech’

It’s refreshing to see Kitchener councillors and staff recognize the benefits that result from efforts to nurture arts, culture and heritage values. It’s about time, even if it could mean a substantial investment of tax dollars. Councillors participated recently in the … Continue reading

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Finally a historic-building victory in anti-heritage Kitchener

When it comes to protection of Kitchener’s historic buildings, we all have a responsibility to be aggressive watchdogs of our declining stock of downtown heritage assets. In Ward 9, that responsibility has been shared for more than five years by residents, … Continue reading

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Democracy flattened during the Mayfair demolition derby

  One last kick at the Mayfair issue — a gentle one because I’m told the shabby old building might collapse on my foot. This dismayed downtown councillor is absolutely gobsmacked that, a few hours before a majority of councillors … Continue reading

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Wrecking ball will soon disturb our Mayfair slumber

Kitchener’s procedurally-shackled heritage committee met yesterday to belatedly contemplate the rapidly approaching demolition of the former Mayfair Hotel next door to city hall. And what direct action was taken by committee members and heritage staff who were not consulted on … Continue reading

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Last gasp efforts to save Kitchener’s Mayfair

Kitchener’s former Mayfair Hotel is on life support. And, during this weekend, there have been a few commendable last-minute attempts by heritage supporters to have a heritage-restoration expert examine and possibly save the historic downtown building. First failed attempt to delay … Continue reading

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Heritage deferral demolished in haste to flatten Mayfair

Now that a majority of councillors have voted to flatten yet another downtown historical building, I will soon be left searching the rubble for answers to questions about how the few remaining heritage structures in the core can be saved. … Continue reading

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Monster homes threaten heritage neighbourhoods

When it comes to the issue of historic buildings and heritage districts, Kitchener has for years had a dubious record for eating its old. And, after my first four-year term during which I was council’s only representative on the city’s … Continue reading

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Front-porch politics in Kitchener’s vibrant Ward 9

Your vote counts. That’s the powerful lesson learned when I was elected by a single vote in 2010 that I would like to communicate before tomorrow’s election. And, based on subsequent conversations with hundreds of people convinced that they each cast … Continue reading

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