Since 2010, I have been sharing on this blog my passion for a better world starting with a better Kitchener.

Self-guided walking tour: Kitchener’s disappearing heritage

Self-guided walking tour: Kitchener’s disappearing heritage

What follows are my notes for a Jane’s Walk I lead on May 1, 2015 which I titled: Kitchener’s disappearing heritage. I was interested in this walk because I’ve always valued continuing of carrying a connection of our past by integrating it into our future. While the walk has a provocative title, my intent was toContinue Reading

Join me Friday evening for a Jane’s Walk: Kitchener’s disappearing heritage

Join me Friday evening for a Jane’s Walk: Kitchener’s disappearing heritage

“Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them…. for really new ideas of any kind—no matter how ultimately profitable or otherwise successful some of them might prove to be—there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error and experimentation in the high-overhead economy ofContinue Reading

Goodbye Mayfair Hotel! You deserved better.

Goodbye Mayfair Hotel! You deserved better.

With City Council’s decision on Thursday to remove its intent to designate the Mayfair Hotel as a heritage property, its fate is sealed. A demolition permit could be issued as soon as Monday. I changed my position I had no intention of speaking at the city council meeting–or if I could even take time toContinue Reading

Questions & Lessons from the Mayfair Hotel demolition

Questions & Lessons from the Mayfair Hotel demolition

After two engineering reports, a demolition order has been issued to the Mayfair Hotel. At this point, that’s exactly what is required for the safety of anyone working inside the building and the many people regularly passing by outside. We never should have reached this conclusion. Questions remain and lessons need to be learned. CityContinue Reading

Mayfair demolition another blemish on city’s heritage record

Mayfair demolition another blemish on city’s heritage record

The demolition of the Mayfair Hotel is now inevitable. When that news broke last night, it upset me because the Mayfair’s story didn’t need to end this way. As a heritage building in the heart of downtown Kitchener on a block being redeveloped at the city’s initiative, it deserved better. Didn’t the City of KitchenerContinue Reading

Together, let’s put the focus on city building in Waterloo Region

Together, let’s put the focus on city building in Waterloo Region

With the arrival of spring, I am ready to renew my activity building healthy communities. That’s partly a result of having read Walkable City by Jeff Speck and The Happy City by Charles Montgomery over the winter. Both inspired me and I hope to blog on them in more detail. It’s partly because there’s beenContinue Reading

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