Downtown

Too early to declare that Kitchener’s market gamble has paid off

Too early to declare that Kitchener’s market gamble has paid off

UPDATE May 15: City eases restrictions on market retail space to accommodate high-tech business (Waterloo Region Record) Is this a good move? Here is my letter to the Waterloo Region Record in response to its editorial yesterday that followed a great article in Saturday’s paper asking if the Kitchener Market has fulfilled its promise. The title […]

My perspectives on tonight’s food truck decision

Tonight, Kitchener City Council is expected to determine the rules for food trucks for 2014. A motion was made at last week’s standing committee meeting and deferred to tonight. Several possible amendments were also shared. I haven’t said much about the newest proposal yet because I wanted to hear what the citizens of Kitchener thought. […]

Decision on food trucks is about the kind of city we want

Decision on food trucks is about the kind of city we want

Here’s the prepared version of my presentation today at the Finance & Corporate Services committee about the rules for food trucks to operate in Kitchener. It reflects my proposals to open the doors for food trucks and the thinking and conversations I’ve had since I wrote that post.  If you’re interested in this issue, see […]

Let’s open the door to food trucks in Kitchener

Let’s open the door to food trucks in Kitchener

Despite a report that creates new opportunities for food trucks to operate in Kitchener (PDF), the likely end result is that food trucks will remain a novelty in our city–unless we tell Kitchener city council to open the door to food trucks. Why? The proposed license fee options of $1947 or $1051 is much too high […]

Downtown Kitchener needs food trucks

Downtown Kitchener needs food trucks

Here’s a letter I wrote about Kitchener City Council’s decision on food trucks that appears in today’s Waterloo Region Record. And also appeared in the Kitchener Post. Re: Additional food trucks under review — Feb. 25 Kudos to Kitchener council for deciding against keeping food trucks as a novelty. Thank you for unanimously supporting a motion […]

Progress made for food trucks. Is it enough?

Progress made for food trucks. Is it enough?

Kudos to Kitchener City Council for unanimously supporting the motion by Councillor Berry Vrbanovic to create opportunities for food trucks to operate daily. I’ll include link(s) to the motion or media reports on it when I have them: Waterloo Region Record CBC Kitchener-Waterloo Gary Doyle Show on 570 News The motion is to create a […]

Downtown still requires development charge exemption

Funding section revised Feb. 24 I’m also speaking on Monday to City Council’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee about continuing to development charge exemptions as an incentive for downtown development. Incentives still needed Yes, the revitalization of downtown Kitchener is in full swing. But now is not the time to remove incentives for development there. […]