Why did I draw this? Because, like so many, I feel the unique attraction of Kingston will be lost once the first truly high-rise buildings go up. We have mid-rises already. Kingston unique? Yes, for a start, our waterfront setting is something rare. Then consider the old city itself. Kingston is blessed with a Human […]
The high-rise buildings Homestead and Capitol propose will cast long shadows, literally and figuratively. Literally, because their neighbours to the West, North and East would be cast into new shadows daily, especially in the winter months when we crave sunshine most, days at their shortest and shadows at their longest. Figuratively, because their very existence […]
…and there will be a Plan “B”, we can be sure of that! The peer review gave Downtown Kingston a short respite, but The Capitol project will return soon. It has reappeared determinedly on Facebook. Marketing materials suggest that The Capital condos can be bought as fully serviced investments. This could translate into some owners […]
“When in doubt, make sympathetic clucking noises” read the staff instructions for Customer Service at a Trade Show I once worked. In my opinion, a few airport officials may have been making sympathetic clucking noises to residents and the Collins Bay Marina in a recent Whig story about airport expansion. “Traffic growth does not necessarily […]
Click here to see how our readers felt about the eviction notice given to The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes back in early May.
In the on-going debate over building height limits downtown, Kingston’s Official Plan seems to have been pushed aside. This is especially interesting in the light of the new, bouncy video about the Third Crossing which the City clearly wants us all to watch and in which the commentary clearly states “….many plans, the most important […]
As The City of Kingston continues to explore ways to increase the passenger options available at Kingston Airport, many Kingstonians wonder if a longer runway is a necessary and viable solution.
If you have any opinions about the possible reopening of the Prison Farms, be at the Town Hall meeting at City Hall on Tuesday August 16th, 6pm to 9pm. Correctional Services Canada is hosting the event, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale and Mark Gerretsen MP will be there.
Kingston City Council dismissed established height limits in favour of the Capitol project. Council is opening Kingston’s very own Pandora’s Box – Councillor Adam Candon in a possible Conflict of Interest position, dismissal of the Official Plan and Darryl Firsten’s dismissal of public protests as “frivolous” while brandishing his chequebook, to name a few. But, […]
The Third Crossing project is now in Phase 2 and has reached the updating of cost estimates stage. We should know more next Spring. Personally, I am undecided on the bridge. I completely understand those who are asking for it passionately. However, environmental impact apart, I do wonder about what the ultimate expense will be. […]
This is the latest in a series of City Hall communication glitches, members of Council were taken unawares by this bland approval by the Planning Dept. They have, in effect, approved the destruction of a small, older growth urban forest. To add to the situation, the developers have posted a startlingly misleading artist’s impression of […]
Developments of all shapes and sizes were on the minds of many Kingstonians in 2016. One of the most contentious projects to emerge this past year was The Capitol, pitched by IN8 Developments as a soaring, 18-storey luxury condominium tower along Princess Street. The radical pitch garnered both support in terms of interested buyers, as […]
Horace Rumpole of the Bailey inspired a light-hearted approach to 2017. Rumpole is often seen embracing and defending the figure of Justice. Since the 16th Century she is usually shown blindfolded to ensure impartiality, holding a sword and scales. As with Rumpole, I applaud our mayor as he continues to ensure that Justice is both […]