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The only new money being spent in a community is tourism dollars. Shifting office space from one side of the tracks to the other and siphoning off hotel guests from other established hotels does nothing to revitalize an area. It is shear stupidity looking at parking when the project is almost complete. It limits your […]
This book makes the entire process look so easy. Before all the planning, designing and studying and spending, someone should have read this book. Just a thought.
The word on the street: The Waterfront Development Office was underestimated the need for parking in Prince Arthur’s landing by 137%. When asked about that large margin of error, an unnamed source replied “with a project this complex there could still be be challenges and with those challenges there may or may not be costs so with […]
The three Rs. No, not reading writing and arithmetic. I am talking about reduce, reuse and reycle. Those three Rs. Well, I believe that the third R, recycle, must go. Eliminated. Dropped like a hot rock. Disappeared. Why you might ask? Its soooo successful. Well, for that very reason. Its too successful. People have made […]
You know when I think of a top notch waterfront tourist attraction, my brain immediately says “asphalt sidewalks”. Nothing screams QUALITY like “asphalt sidewalks”. If I ever decide to spend over $60 million on a waterfront playground in an effort to lure tourists away from such places as Duluth, Winnipeg and Minneapolis, I will be sure […]
I am going to go out on a limb here stare into my crystal ball and make a couple of predictions about the new arena/convention centre project that is all the rage in the news right now. Although official decisions are supposedly months off and public consultation has yet to happen, here is what I see happening: […]
The following are photos I took today around the Whalen Building. These were taken at ground level. I believe they are fairly indicative of what is going on at higher levels of the exterior also. Not great. As you can see, there is a lot of cracking of the Terracotta exterior shell. Weather has had its […]
But the Whalen Building, which houses the CEDC, Tornado and other companies revitalizing that downtown core was a great concern for some councillors Monday. The building, which came into the city’s possession in 2006, will cost more than $6 million to renovate council learned. Coun. Lynda Rydholm said that caught most of council off guard. […]