Category Archives: Vibrant Downtown

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

Tragic deaths far more important than politics

According to health statistics, more than 100 people will die across Ontario during the next few weeks while our uncaring provincial government stalls and plays politics on a decision to permit or reject proposed supervised injection sites. One eye always … Continue reading

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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

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

Be prepared when municipal candidates come calling

Four questions I would suggest you ask Kitchener and regional council candidates at public meetings or if they come tapping on your door leading up to the Oct. 22 election: 1. Why has there been a shortage of neighbourhood public … Continue reading

Posted in Breithaupt3, Drug injection sites, Light Rail Transit, Neighbourhoods, RIENS, Transparency, Vibrant Downtown, Ward News | Leave a comment

Snail-pace approach toward regional opioid-overdose issue

Alarming increases in opioid-related deaths continue as regional council this week crawled toward a solution. Part of that solution would be a rapid decision on two supervised drug injection sites — one in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge’s drug-troubled … Continue reading

Posted in Amalgamation, Drug injection sites, Homelessness, Low-Cost Housing, Neighbourhoods, Transparency, Vibrant Downtown | Leave a comment

Deferred Breithaupt proposal ignores city’s own neighbourhood policy

° Late last night, with a gallery full of residents and inner-city neighbourhood-association representatives, Kitchener councillors agreed to defer a decision on the Breithaupt proposal in a 7-3 vote. The move gives residents, planners and the developer until June 25 … Continue reading

Posted in Jobs, Light Rail Transit, Neighbourhoods, Transparency, Vibrant Downtown | 2 Comments

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