Weeks away from turning twenty years old, I still don't drive a car. I'll learn the skill somewhat soon, but as of right now and in the foreseeable future I am 100% a pedestrian and public transit user. I really like it this way - while I may be bound by weather and transit timetables … Continue reading Katie on, ugh, snow removal.
The Rideau Canal, Ottawa, taken by me on a solitary walk on a July morning, 2016. It's been a while since I've last written a blog post. In the meantime, my classes and the search for a summer job have both been demanding yet rewarding. Since my last blog post, I've come across a podcast called … Continue reading Katie on the Relationship between Cities and Loneliness
Happy new year! To start off the blog in the new year, I want to address how people talk about cities, what buzzwords exist in planning, and what words I think should be tossed or at least redefined when it comes to talking about cities structures and its people. Planning-related jargon is interesting to think … Continue reading Katie on Silly Planning Jargon
Happy Holidays! When I started this blog, I stated my goal of posting weekly. Apparently that hasn't been happening, and it seems that a post around every 2-3 weeks is more realistic. It's not due to laziness, but moreso the time it takes to answer the question 'what do I write about this time?' I'm … Continue reading Katie on Public Art
When I was around 12 years old, I found pictures of what certain stretches of Bridge Street East looked like in 1953 on Google Earth (the image above is not one of them). Since then, I've loved wrapping myself in research of Belleville's history. It's gotten to a point where, as I walk around the … Continue reading Katie on the Role of History in Cities
One of my favourite planning anecdotes is that the inventor of the modern shopping mall ended up despising his invention. In the wake of the suburban boom, Victor Gruen saw a need for a safe and engaging place that was not one's work or home, where participation and interaction could thrive. The mall was a … Continue reading Katie on Downtown Revitalization
Over the summer, I was working in the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area office, located on Belleville's Front Street. I don't drive, so it was either a 45 minute walk, a 15 minute bike ride with a seemingly constant flat front tire, or I would take the bus. I rarely rode my bike, I walked maybe … Continue reading Katie on Transit: Belleville on one hand, Waterloo on the other…
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