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

James Howe

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

Civic District: Past, Present and Future

Civic District: Past, Present and Future

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, I led a Jane’s Walk exploring the Civic District in Kitchener. While the walk featured the area’s many wonderful assets, it also considered whether it is a successful people place. We walked around the 2 blocks now known as Civic District and originally called Mackenzie King Square. We considered the originalContinue Reading

Occupying 48 Ontario Street needs to be a priority

Occupying 48 Ontario Street needs to be a priority

Should 48 Ontario Street North be an arts hub for the city? That could be a straight forward question but that’s not what is being considered. At the regularly scheduled Council meeting tonight, the following motion is to be considered by Council. What follows it are my planned remarks. That staff be directed to proceed withContinue Reading

The future of Mayfair Hotel site is not pretty

The future of Mayfair Hotel site is not pretty

Will this site across King from City Hall be joined by another across Young Street? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be yes and I reluctantly suggest it should be when the question of the immediate future of the Mayfair Hotel site goes back to Kitchener City Council tomorrow. Unfortunately, it is a special Council meeting atContinue Reading

Hope for 152 Shanley Street

Hope for 152 Shanley Street

A front page news story in The Record announced a positive development for the former Electrohome building at 152 Shanley Street. The city is putting it up for a tax sale in late March or early April for a minimum of $1 million. The building has been a long standing issue. Neighbours have long been concernedContinue Reading

Excellent news for the hide building at the Tannery

Excellent news for the hide building at the Tannery

While 2015 was a difficult year on the heritage front in Kitchener, it ended on a high note with the excellent news that the last remaining building on the Tannery’s second block is to be preserved as shared in this Record article. In 2010, I actively worked with a group of citizens to save four Tannery buildingsContinue Reading