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Community Soapbox: A Double Standard?

Over a year ago, opponents of Kingston’s proposed Wellington Street Extension were informed that the WSE cannot be removed from the Official Plan and other city policy documents without a secondary planning process for North King’s Town. This spring the visioning for that process began, with a launch in May

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Wellington Street Extension

What sort of city to you want to live in? That fundamental question is at the core of an ongoing debate concerning the necessity of the Wellington Street extension. On one side, opponents primarily organized through Wellington X contend that the extension will unnecessarily erode the greenspace at Douglas Fluhrer

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Kingston’s Top Headline From 2015

With less than two weeks remaining in 2015, the time has come to take a look back at the biggest headlines and most significant news stories that shaped Kingston this past year.  Early in 2015, Kingstonians celebrated the grand opening of the Tett Centre, they city’s vibrant arts hub that’s

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The Gertrudes: Anglin Bay Blues

The latest song and accompanying video from The Gertrudes titled Anglin Bay focuses on the City of Kingston’s contested Wellington Street extension.  The project would see Wellington Street shoot up past Bay Street, snaking through the Inner Harbour district until its eventual connection with John Counter Boulevard.  Widespread public concern

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Downtown Kingston, 1948

This George Lilley photograph of Brock street between King and Wellington is from 1948. Starting at the corner, the businesses that occupied the block were Martin’s shoe store, McLeod’s Drug store, the Red and White Store (surprisingly there was an Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masonic lodge located above the

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Snow Removal, 1948

Snow, snow and more snow. Not an uncommon refrain in Kingston these days. In the early 20th century, city workers used horse drawn wagons, mounted on runners, in an attempt to keep Kingston’s major thoroughfares open. Once motorized vehicles were on the scene it wasn’t long before they were adapted

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Balancing Heritage and Development in Kingston

Our final post from our Best of 2012 is a recent poll regarding the construction of new buildings or the revitalization of old buildings in Kingston’s historic downtown.  Prompted by the latest additions of Milestones and other shops and offices in the old S&R, and the reformation of the TD

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Balancing Heritage and Development in Kingston

In a city like Kingston, it’s hard to miss the history that is all around us.  From our narrow roads and nineteenth century architecture, to our historic landmarks, the past is everywhere.  This is a gift in many ways.  It’s an authentic part of Kingston’s culture that people come from

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Prioritizing Captial Infrastructure Projects in Kingston

I need you to think back to last October, during the lead up to the 2010 municipal election.  At that time, candidates of all stripes were making the rounds, touting the necessity of this aquatic centre over that road expansion, and then there’s the ongoing saga to realize a third

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