As a result of the creative, innovative and unique initiatives undertaken by the Limestone City, we’ve grown somewhat accustomed to well-deserved praise, respectful titles and enviable accolades that place Kingston head and shoulders above other communities in Canada and around the globe. Case in point, just over a week ago, we were awarded the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Sustainable Communities Award as a result of the Belle Park Specialty Tree Planting and Associated Landscaping Project. Raymond Louie, FCM vice-president, highlighted the significance and importance of the award, stating:
These winners show how municipalities across the country are working with local businesses, labour, community organizations and developers to create and carry out sustainable development practices while developing a greener economy for Canada — one project at a time.
In 2009, Kingston was touted as the Smartest City in Canada due in part to the number of Ph.Ds and post-secondary education institutions per capita, and thanks to Mensa Canada’s national headquarters being located here. For Valentine’s Day 2012, Kingston got up from bended knee to accept the title of Canada’s Most Romantic City, however Amazon.ca’s methods for determining this award are arguably lacking validity. While this city doesn’t always win the top prize, sometimes it’s rather exciting just to be shortlisted amongst the cream of the international crop, such as our recent listing amongst the 21 most intelligent communities around the world.
Considering all these honourable titles, awards and accolades got me thinking about how Kingstonians view their own city, and which distinguished merits they value the most. With your ideal or hopeful vision for Kingston’s proud future in mind, this week’s question challenges you to complete the following phrase:
Kingston, the (insert adjective here) city in Canada.
- greenest (49%, 82 Votes)
- smartest (41%, 70 Votes)
- safest (5%, 9 Votes)
- healthiest (4%, 6 Votes)
- funnest (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 169
It’s all well and good to dream about a more sustainable, zombie-free city, but let’s take this week’s poll conversation into the thick of things. Back up your vote and your vision for Kingston to be greener, smarter or whatever with some constructive criticism about how we’re currently failing in that category, as well as your grand scheme to improve things and achieve an enduring standard for other communities to look up to. If given a blank cheque to focus on one connected aspect of life in the Limestone City, what would you do?