James Howe

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 […]

Here’s what Kitchener City Council is proposing for food trucks

Here’s what Kitchener City Council is proposing for food trucks

Here’s a look at how Kitchener City Council responded to what they heard at today’s Standing Committee meeting and over the past 10 days on how to move forward with food trucks in Kitchener. Of the 8 delegations, I spoke first and ensured the citizen’s voice was heard on this issue. In general, I found […]

Join a Jane’s Walk on the history of the Central Frederick neighbourhood

Join a Jane’s Walk on the history of the Central Frederick neighbourhood

I love Jane Jacobs I love how Jane Jacobs thinks about building cities and neighbourhoods. Her approach has heavily influenced my thinking and approach–and those of many leading planners and leading thinkers on urban development. This passage is an excellent example of  her approach. It’s from an article in Fortune magazine in 1958 yet completely relevant […]