Since 2010, I have blogged about my passion for a better world starting with a better Kitchener.

James Howe

Use inclusionary zoning to build downtowns where everyone can live

Use inclusionary zoning to build downtowns where everyone can live

I write a monthly column for the Community Edition. Here is my perspectives shared in its November 2016 edition. The lack of affordable housing for people with low incomes is a serious issue in Waterloo Region, physician and so the recent provincial announcement of $20 million for affordable housing construction is most welcome. Unfortunately, abortion evenContinue Reading

A brief history of 48 Ontario St. N.

A brief history of 48 Ontario St. N.

What follows is a brief history of 48 Ontario St. N. in Kitchener prepared by Kae Elgie for use when the building as a Doors Open Waterloo Region site in September 2016. It is indebted to Ella R. Chase’s book Happy Seventieth Birthday Branch 50: Mother Branch of Waterloo County of The Royal Canadian Legion 1926-1996. IContinue Reading

After 15 years, the doors open at 48 Ontario St. N.

After 15 years, the doors open at 48 Ontario St. N.

And so for 14 1/2 years, 48 Ontario Street stood quiet and empty. Until September 17, 2016 when the friends of 48 Ontario St. North arranged with the City of Kitchener to have the site participate in Doors Open Waterloo Region 2016. Thank you to all the city staff that played a role in makingContinue Reading

Keep suburban garages in the ‘burbs

Keep suburban garages in the ‘burbs

I have started writing monthly column for the Community Edition. My first column is now out. What follows is the second of a two part series that shares a longer version of my thoughts. I ended my last post with: For me, visit this the test for the success of the new regulations is whether itContinue Reading

Keep suburban houses in the ‘burbs

Keep suburban houses in the ‘burbs

I have started writing monthly column for the Community Edition. My first column is now out. What follows is the first of a two part series that shares a longer version of my thoughts. Someone could right now essentially pluck a typical suburban house and plop it down in a neighbourhood established 50 years or moreContinue Reading

Exciting news! The doors are opening at 48 Ontario St. N.

Exciting news! The doors are opening at 48 Ontario St. N.

When I heard that the Mayfair Hotel had been condemned as unsafe and needed to be demolished after pushing for some time to see it occupied or redeveloped, I sadly realized that it had been too little too late. One of my first thoughts was, “Oh no! The Legion building is next to go. We can’tContinue Reading