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What is your vision for great Waterloo neighbourhoods?

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What is great about your neighbourhood? (Think about people, places, and activities)

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What is not going well in your neighbourhood? What is missing?

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Imagine your neighbourhood 10 years from now. What would you want it to look like? What would be new, improved, or enhanced?

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Our city is changing (i.e. diversity, intensification, transportation, among others.). What changes do you see happening now or in the future? How might these changes impact your neighbourhood?

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What has successfully improved neighbourhoods? (Think about things you have seen in neighbourhoods outside your own, or in other municipalities.)

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What could you do to improve your neighbourhood? What supports might you need?

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Ellen Kaye-Cheveldayoff inside WARD 6
December 11, 2016, 6:44 AM
  • What is great about your neighbourhood? (Think about people, places, and activities)

    I love how close it is to the universities and Uptown. There are lectures, cultural activities such as concerts, restaurants, and amazing people. There is a lot within walking distance.

  • What is not going well in your neighbourhood? What is missing?

    The air quality in my neighbourhood used to be excellent about 10 years ago. It has been getting worse as large buildings have been going up. Trees are vanishing. Something precious is being lost.

    Another thing missing is public space both indoor and outdoor. I would like to see more parks and community centres. Especially in a neigbourhood where many residents are here only for 4 months at a time, and may live in the neighbourhood again, but not in the same place, public places where people can meet each other and interact could provide more continuity and community. When there are new neighbours every 4 months, it would be good to have a place to gather and meet them.

    The students in the neighbourhood can book rooms at the universities, but for non-students there are no places where someone could book a room for a lecture, neighbourhood potluck, board games night, or any such community activities. Since our climate has several months of cold weather, indoor spaces can help. Outdoor green spaces are needed too. The ratio of building to green space has been going down a lot as large buildings replace yards.

  • Imagine your neighbourhood 10 years from now. What would you want it to look like? What would be new, improved, or enhanced?

    I would love to be able to breathe fresh air in it again. I would like our built environment to stop destroying air quality.

    I would like to see parks, community spaces, community gardens and botanical gardens. I would like to see a trail along Hickory St., and for the pedestrian connections and woonerf to come to fruition. I would like there to be buildings that are designed to prioritize human health, including having good air quality.

  • Our city is changing (i.e. diversity, intensification, transportation, among others.). What changes do you see happening now or in the future? How might these changes impact your neighbourhood?

    The increasing population, changes to transit, intensification, etc. are already affecting my neighbourhood. My neighbourhood is undergoing intense change. I don't have to imagine. I can stand in my yard and see 6 cranes.

    Because of the changes to the built environment and air quality, and because I have allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities, there are fewer and fewer times that I can comfortably breathe the air in my house or yard. This affects every aspect of my life.

  • What has successfully improved neighbourhoods? (Think about things you have seen in neighbourhoods outside your own, or in other municipalities.)

    I think that making things better for pedestrians can improve a neighbourhood. Also paying attention to air quality, and the design and materials used in the built environment.

    There are places in the world where they take seriously the goal to have zero deaths from traffic accidents. Where pedestrians can get around in winter. Where there are community spaces. Where keeping mature trees is not an afterthought.

  • What could you do to improve your neighbourhood? What supports might you need?

    To make air quality better, it would help to have more detailed measurements of air quality, so that the impact is more easy to show.

    More support for creating designs of buildings that prioritize air quality and human health.

    The materials for fences and benches and similar things in public spaces could be chosen to release fewer fumes into the environment.

    Better rules regarding noise levels from air conditioning systems.

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STRENGTHS: Successes that are already happening that support strong and connected neighbourhoods.


CHALLENGES/THREATS: Challenges that neighbourhoods and residents face when working towards strong and connected neighbourhoods.


ASPIRATIONS: Our vision (the best of the present and new ideas).


TRENDS: Changes in the community that impact neighbourhoods


OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities to strengthen neighbourhoods (within the Corporation of the City of Waterloo, between the City and other stakeholders, and within neighbourhoods).

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