Category Archives: Intelligent Development

Brantford-Brant boundary adjustment babble, part 9

Former Brantford, Ontario city councillor, Mr. John Starkey gave us a crash course in misguided urban planning.  At the recent information meeting on the latest iteration of the Brantford-Brant boundary adjustment proposal he gave an interview to ArcPro HD Inc. … Continue reading

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Urban planning for the 21 century anyone?

A city has unused properties, underused properties and misused properties in its core.  Fully aware of this fact, it approves the building of another outdoor mall in another part of the city and the expansion of an indoor mall in yet … Continue reading

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Industrial property to retail: don’t overdo

Costco may be coming to Brantford, Ontario if the deal to purchase a former industrial property goes through. Unfortunately, comments from city hall about this proposal as reported in the link below leave us scratching our heads.   “It’s a … Continue reading

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Political courage: bonuses paid despite Pan Am Party in the hole

Yes Mr. Peterson, it takes great political courage to host an Expo, the Olympics or the Pan Am Games … especially when the event is grossly in the hole but bonuses still get paid. Such is the case with the … Continue reading

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Growth Plan facts: its practical & flexible

Some at Brantford Ontario’s city hall appear to think that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing doesn’t quite grasp the downtown dynamics of a mid-sized Ontario city such as Brantford’s.  The province did intensive study of small, medium and … Continue reading

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When will city end obsession with Laurier?

Brantford, Ontario’s city council proposes to spend $1.43 Million to move the Brant Museum and Archives from its city owned location on 57 Charlotte St. to the Market Square, owned by Laurier-Brantford, to get more space.  The city will pay … Continue reading

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Brantford-Brant boundary babble, part 8

Let’s continue your tour of the potentially profitable properties along Brantford, Ontario’s Henry St. Starting just east of Wayne Gretzky Parkway there is this one on the north side:   Crossing to the south side, you see this spacious property. … Continue reading

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Arrowdale & Earl Haig for sale to developers: weigh pros & cons

The pros and cons of the proposed sale of Brantford, Ontario’s Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course and Earl Haig Family Fun Park to developers for residential and commercial use almost balance out. Pro #1:  does not breakeven; low membership; low visitor … Continue reading

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Brantford-Brant boundary babble, part 7

Your tour of Brantford’s bounteous development opportunities continues. At Clarence St. and Colborne St. you’ll find this forgotten chunk of land (there’s also still vacancies in the former Canadian Tire building across the street):   On Colborne St. just east … Continue reading

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Self-driving cars will change cities big time

Mr. Seth Godin in the link below gives us a peek into a future without autonomous cars.  It will happen sooner than you think.  And, given how cities have catered to drivers and their cars, it’s not all good.  The … Continue reading

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