Category Archives: Vibrant Downtown

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 | 3 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

Posted in Heritage, Neighbourhoods, Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park | 1 Comment

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

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

Fix city hall despite multi-million cost

The staggering $7-10 million price tag is undoubtedly difficult to swallow but the long-term value is worth the cost. That’s my conclusion after considering recommended options to maintain and upgrade our city hall considered this week by council. A final decision on how … Continue reading

Posted in city hall repairs, Vibrant Downtown | 1 Comment

Pokemon players should hold hands instead of handhelds

  Watching hundreds of glassy-eyed Pokemon Go fanatics swarming around Victoria Park, I marvelled at how — eyes glued t0 mobiles — some didn’t end up in the lake along with the giant carp. Gobsmacked at the popularity of the activity, … Continue reading

Posted in Vibrant Downtown, Victoria Park, Voter Turnout, Ward News | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Arts & Culture, Heritage, Light Rail Transit, Mayfair Hotel, Transparency, Vibrant Downtown | 1 Comment