What if Kingston…


On a recent trip to our nation’s capital, I came across a unique approach to deterring panhandling and collecting donations in support of Ottawa’s homeless population that showed real promise. On various approaches to the city’s historic Byward Market you’ll find orange coloured parking meters prominently placed near garbage and recycling receptacles. Dubbed Kindness Meters, […]

Hall Monitor: Schooled


Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 15-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of last night’s agenda were smaller items, though as it’s been said to me in the past, those are the ones that tend to make […]

Hall Monitor: Full House


Council met last night for meeting 21-2012 of Kingston City Council. I’ve joked about not commenting on meeting lengths before, but this was going to be a long one – and we knew it. You can find the agenda and addeds on the city’s website. The meeting last night was as busy as it was long, too […]

Black Friday


Every year during the American Thanksgiving weekend, Canadians travel in droves across the border to take advantage of Black Friday sales.  These are the sales you see on the news where people are lined up over night outside Walmart and Best Buy to spend the next day shoving each other out of the way, all […]

The State of… Williamsville’s Main Street (Part 3 of 3)


In our original three-part series that focused on upper and lower Princess Street, as well as neighbouring side streets, we took a snapshot of new development and also documented long-standing vacancies. Two years later, we revisited this topic of conversation, while it has proven to be as divisive as any other contested issue in the […]

Guide to the Limestone City Blues Festival


The Limestone City Blues Festival is one our big bucket list items, and it is a must for Kingstonians and aficionados of good clean music.  While I’m eagerly anticipating the festival’s kick off tomorrow afternoon, I’m a bit dismayed as it also represents the beginning of the end of summer.  Putting a positive spin on […]

Weekly Poll: Commercial Vacancies in Downtown Kingston


Last week we launched Kingstonist’s weekly poll, a new feature that aims to gauge public opinion regarding various hot topics throughout the Limestone City.  While we started off with a pretty light and fluffy issue, this week’s question is more contentious, and admittedly a topic we’ve touched on in the past.  Regulars may recall our […]

The State of… Upper Princess (Part 3 of 3)


Late last December we launched a three-part series which documented vacant storefronts, recent relocations as well as new businesses in downtown Kingston.  In part one we combed lower Princess Street from Ontario to Division, highlighting unfortunate closures such as S&R and Downtown Kingston Sports, as well as positive growth including Urban Outfitters and Sima Sushi.  […]

The State of… Downtown Sidestreets (Part 2 of 3)


Last week we introduced the state of…Lower Princess Street, which sparked an unbelievable debate and received a record number of comments regarding the downtown business-scape.  Kingstonist’s readers weighed in on the cost of rent, the normalcy of vacant storefronts, as well as who owns property downtown.  In episode two, we focus on what’s new and […]

The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)


With this week’s announcement that Downtown Kingston Sports is set to close up shop after 112 years of dutiful service, the Limestone City’s core is set to lose another iconic fixture.  In this case, high taxes, the recession, as well as competition from big box outlets and online competitors, are to blame.  While this sad […]