Kitchener

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 […]

Self-guided walking tour: Made in Berlin. Matured in Kitchener.

Self-guided walking tour: Made in Berlin. Matured in Kitchener.

A walk though the heritage of Kitchener’s Central Frederick neighbourhood This is a do it yourself self-guided version of a Jane’s Walk I lead with Warren Stauch on May 3, 2014. Length: Approximately 2 1/2 hours Start at the Frederick Mall in front of the hardware store/ formerly the beer store Frederick Street Plaza/ Frederick Mall […]

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 […]

What will happen to the old provincial courthouse?

What will happen to the old provincial courthouse?

There’s a buzz of activity at Frederick and Weber, in what originally was built as the Waterloo County Courthouse, as it is converted into office space for the Region of Waterloo. But every time I walk past the old provincial courthouse on Frederick at Ellen St., I wonder what is next for that property. What will […]

Why all the fuss at City Council about Big Music Fest?

Yesterday’s Kitchener City Council meeting featured lots of fuss about the Big Music Fest. Not the event itself but rather the “secrecy” of  planning it and the lack of public consultation. I saw some of it first hand via Rogers TV and read about it in this morning’s Waterloo Region Record and on CBC’s local station. […]