Professor Rick Haldenby delivers an insightful and entertaining address to an audience of real estate enthusiasts at a breakfast event hosted by the KW Association of Realtors on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Bingemans Marshall Hall.
It is always a pleasure to hear Professor Haldenby speak. His passion for the industrial architecture of Waterloo Region is infectious, inspired by the wisdom of post war city builders whose economic development strategy enabled significant investment in training and education; building, as if with secret foreknowledge, the urban stage we see today. Act One of the Illustrious Industrious City was only a first draft, with the Second Act well into production with (seemingly) weekly funding announcements and new Scenes crafted in the presence of tech giants, plant expansions, and flourishing start-ups.
The Proverb ” A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” comes to mind as I reflect on Rick’s message summoned by the conviction that the “Waterloo Phenomena” has been made possible by inheritance. What really surprises me is that it remains unabashed throughout the panel discussion. We heard from four of the Region’s largest and most progressive developers: Craig Beattie (Perimeter Development Corporation), Scott Higgins (Hip Developments), Mike Maxwell (Momentum Developments), and Anne Marchildon (Andrin Ltd). Each one shared their perspective, back stories and vision with the civic pride and sincerity that comes with a personal commitment to the Region and a lot of skin in the game.
Yep, I’m going to listen to the tape again, to be sure it wasn’t just the chocolate chip pastries, but somehow I know they get inheritance…hmmm…stay tuned.
Brent Davis covers the event at The Record
More from Rick Haldenby…a series of thirteen video shorts recorded in 2016 at CSC & The Case of the Illustrious Industrious City: Act 1 Scene 1
Scott Higgins, President of Hip Developments Inc. expands on the ROI of “getting a little bit crazy” at Waterloo Region In The Making. Scott leads his team to be bold, think big and take action focused on building creativity and culture, a guiding principle of their construction projects.
Memories of prepping for the Riverbank Lofts launch party in Hespeler Village…
TGIF June 17th, 2016…Opening Day of the Hespeler Village Market
Capturing the warmth and tremendous support from the City of Cambridge and many other visionary community leaders including Waterloo Regional Council during the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Fashion History Museum in the village of Hespeler, Cambridge, Ontario
A 8 minute (gorilla) video of the proceedings here
Shot during the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the Fashion History Museum on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Features the (unedited) opening remarks by Kenn Norman, CEO and an inspiring message delivered by City of Cambridge Mayor, Doug Craig. A demonstration of authentic community building in action. Nicely done!
Artists, Art Administrators and Art lovers in Waterloo Region sharing their vision of the type of collaborative, connected and compelling cultural experience worthy of community support at a “town hall” meeting Saturday, January 9th, 2016 in downtown Kitchener.
Go here to get a taste of the action in under one minute
12th Cambridge Live Music Matinee MeetUp
25 minute montage capturing the Open Mic & Fundraiser
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Hosted by Official Live Music Venue Sponsor, the Fiddle & Firkin,
707 King Street East in Preston Towne Centre, Cambridge, Ontario
WATCH 2.24 MINUTE TRAILER HERE
House Band – Factory City
1. Alexia & Emma from Queen Street Music School
2. Jim Dyer host of the Friday Night Jam at Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe
3. Piper In The Burg – Andrew Huxley Osborne
4. Craig Dougan Band
5. The Sarcastic Onions
6. Dan Walsh
7. Sue Windover & Sandy MacDonald
8. Deluxe Drive Band
9. Legion – Derek Kasza
10. Joe Lopez of The Initials
Gorilla recorded and mixed live off the floor using a Zoom H-6
Hosted by Midday with RJ from FM 98.5 CKWR – Cambridge Live Music’s Official Media Sponsor
Special thanks to the Fiddle & Firkin for preparing an amazing buffet for all the performers, and Black Tie Affair Hospitality for their assistance with serving and clean-up.
Great party! Can’t wait for #13
Street Party Celebrations & Urban Art
Saturday, September 26, 2015
following 4 weeks of public outreach and community engagement
“I wish this was…”
A call for citizens to participate in the expression of a new vision for Hespeler Village, inspired by Neighborland (http://candychang.com/i-wish-this-was/), a forum/rally for collaborative civic art south of the border. Traditional media outlets, a social media campaign and a “chalkboard” have been used by the Village BIA to encourage community engagement and participation. The Chalkboard was mounted to a concrete monument located at the northeast gateway at Queen Street & Guelph Avenue which will soon be demolished to make room for the proposed Public Art. While the original intention was to commission the Work as part of the current streetscape project, the Hespeler BIA proposed to engage the community and get a sense of “I wish this was” at this very prominent corner. City of Cambridge staff are supportive and excited about the idea.
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