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Kingston’s Olympic Sailing Facilities, 1976

Designed by a consortium of local architectural firms, the Onshore Olympic Sailing Facilities revitalised a badly blighted Portsmouth Harbour area for use in the 1976 Olympics. The building was designed in four main sections: competitor’s facilities, a measuring area, an administration and media office area and a restaurant and roof

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Community Soapbox: Toderian Takes On Kingston

“You have some of the worst architecture on a waterfront that I have ever seen. And I have seen waterfronts all over the world.” — Brent Toderian You might have seen comments about Kingston made by a visiting “urban planning expert.” Who is he? Why was he here? Brent Toderian

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Best of 2017: Kingston Considers a Deepwater Port for Cruise Ships

This past November, City Council unanimously passed a motion that could eventually lead to the dredging of a portion of Lake Ontario’s shore to provide space for a deepwater port. With the passing by of numerous cruise ships during the warm months such as the Grand Caribe, Grand Mariner, M/V Victory,

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Best of 2017: Estimated Cost for Third Crossing Rises to $180 Million

In April, the city revealed the preliminary design and business plan for the much discussed third crossing that would connect the east and west banks of the Cataraqui River. The plan, which projects a $60 million dollar cost to taxpayers, was met with the usual split reaction from Kingstonians. The

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Top Headline in Kingston in 2017

In a few short weeks the ball will drop as we clink glasses and usher in another new year. As we look back on the year that was, how will you remember 2017?  There was certainly a lot to celebrate this past year, which saw Canada commemorate its 150th, and

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Expansion of the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock

A postage stamp sized lot on Kingston’s waterfront is once again the focus of potential development. Earlier this month council voted in support of a motion to explore the possibility of building a cruise ship terminal, which could very well end up at the foot of Queen Street. Now, a

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Aerial Photos of Kingston, 1919

With all the construction, and proposed construction, that is ongoing in our fair city we thought it was a good time to take a look at some of the early aerial photographs we have at the Archives. Taking to the air offers a fresh perspective on our ground level reality.

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Kingston Considers a Deepwater Port for Cruise Ships

Kingston’s geographic prowess is derived from its close proximity to Toronto and Montreal, but from a different standpoint, the Limestone City owes a great deal to its location beside the intersection of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence and Cataraqui rivers. In fact, historically speaking, the strategic significance of this nautical

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#ygkChallenge: Share Your Summer Bucket List

The #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something

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Concern Raised Regarding the Penitentiary Planning Process

The Coalition of Kingston Communities is pointing to a number of problems of accountability and transparency with the plans for redeveloping the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Harbour properties. ‘For a site of extraordinary historic value, for the nation as well as Kingston, it is very disappointing to see a faulty

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Community Soapbox: A Bridge Too Far

Here’s an instructive little game to play some afternoon. Around 4:30 pm, turn on the Ottawa CBC’s (107.5 FM) feed of its going home show. And what will you hear more than anything else? Reports of frantic traffic conditions punctuated with words such a “crawl,” “snarled” and “gridlock.” Think this

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