One of his more gentle reflections was that “the buildings are the buildings but the important thing is what happens in between them.” In other words, the opportunity for urban vibrancy, and life in general to occur, is made possible by a combination of both organic goings-on of humanity and thoughtful long-term planning decisions.

– Excerpt from blog post about Christopher Hume, Toronto Star Urban Affairs and Architecture critic

An increasingly popular offshoot of the real estate discussion is the hot topic of home staging – the cost-effective and potentially profitable art of preparing a home for resale. Whether it’s over brunch or over the fence, people are talking about this advantageous technique that helps homes sell quickly, and often for more than asking.

– Excerpt from Staging: it’s more than just a bowl of lemons, Beach Metro News 

Formative is the key word here. Like an awkward teenager, Burlington is impressionable and looking for direction. 

 – Excerpt from blog post about 2010 municipal election in Burlington, Ontario

Not long ago, the century-old Dundonald Park was viewed as seedy, unsafe and neglected. But amidst the negativity, there were also those who saw its diamond-in-the-rough potential. They knew what it once was and were optimistic it could return to its former glory.

Excerpt from The rebirth of Dundonald Park, an online story for the Neighbourhood Connection Office 

If you’ve ever experienced what it’s like to be the proverbial new kid on the block, you know that you’re essentially at the territorial mercy of the kids who have been there longer than you. You can only hope that they choose to throw the ball with you, not at you. 

– Excerpt from blog post about inclusivity debate in Burlington, Ontario

It’s a laundry list of far-gone disrepair that is only compounded by the dog’s breakfast of additions put on over the years.  Band-aid solutions have all added up to a chronically ill building that is stoned on pain medication.

– Excerpt from blog post about the efforts to get Broadview Public School rebuilt

If you haven’t seen “Goin’ Down The Road” — consider it a Canadian must-see. Two pals leave Nova Scotia with earnest hopes that Toronto is their promise land. It ends up being anything but. To call it bleak would be an understatement. But it stays with you. And the character of Pete (played by Doug McGrath) is endearing. The brighter of the two, he has greater aspirations than his guileless pal, Joey.

– Excerpt from blog post about local Ottawa band, The Fiftymen