MHBPNA Presents…

A new series of public forums on pressing issues in our neighbourhood.

As our city and region grow, the Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood is changing. As a neighbourhood association we have seen these changes as rent and new development applications rise.

At the same time, residents of Kitchener are increasingly becoming disengaged. As a neighbourhood association we have decided to create a new series of public forums to encourage neighbours to come out to a variety of venues throughout the neighbourhood and meet new friends as we learn from a variety of speakers on topics effecting our neighbourhood.

Our first talk in the new series. Approachable Density will focus on our perception of increased density.

We will start with Robin Mazumder who will discuss the psychological impacts of density. Robin is a doctoral candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. His research is inspired by his passion for urbanism as well as his front line experience working as an occupational therapist in mental health. He graduated with his Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2011. His research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and he is a 2017 recipient of the Vanier Graduate Scholarship, Canada's most prestigious doctoral award.

Craig Beattie from Perimeter Development Corp will talk about why design matters in development. Craig is a founding partner of Perimeter Development Corp which has completed a number of valuable projects throughout Waterloo Region and specifically within Kitchener. In our own neighbourhood, Perimeter is best known for their work on the Breithaupt Block, which won a CIU Brownfield award and a REX award. The Breithaupt Block has transformed Breithaupt Street and set a new bar for urban development in Kitchener, particularly with the large glass box that Craig saw through from initial design to completion. Perimeter is currently part of the only consortium to bid on the new Transit Hub for Waterloo Region which will be at the corner of King and Victoria and will once again push the boundaries of development in Waterloo Region.

Come join us for a brief informational session as well as drinks and a time to chat with neighbours in this wonderful location.

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Event Details

Time: 7 - 9 PM
Date: January 25
Location: Workplace One, 51 Breithaupt Street, Kitchener, ON (maps)
Cost: Free
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As our city grows around us how can we ensure that it remains a neighbourhood that includes all members of community.

Brian Doucet is a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Planning. He has written books on the revitalization of Detroit and gentrification in Rotterdam and Glasgow. He focuses on gentrification and neighbourhood change, urban inequalities, flagship developments, urban entrepreneurialism, grassroots movements and urban resistance.

As a member of our neighbourhood Brian has shown a keen interest in the challenges and opportunities that our neighbourhood has as it changes with the rest of the city. He was recently profiled on the CBC and in the Record for his editorial on our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for diversified housing with the new LRT lines. He will provide examples of how other communities have adjusted for the changing needs of housing.

After Brian's talk we will have discussion groups to talk about what can be done in our neighbourhood to both accommodate newcomers and sustain members of our community that already live here.

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Time: 7 - 9 PM
Date: February 15
Location: WALES (Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region), 14 Braun Street, Kitchener, Ontario (maps)
Cost: Free
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As our neighbourhood grows, we want to ensure that everyone can get around the city on foot, bike or any other means. How can we make our neighbourhood work for everyone from 8 to 80, and for all ages and abilities?

Emily Slofstra will speak about her experiences cycling in the Netherlands and in KW, and will lead a discussion on active transportation throughout Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park and the rest of the cities. Emily has been cycling in Waterloo Region for 10 years, through multiple pregnancies, and can regularly be seen pulling her kids around in a bike trailer. In 2010, Emily spent five months in the Netherlands, and eight years later still dreams of KW becoming even slightly more Dutch in terms of being pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.

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Time: 7 - 9 PM
Date: April 6
Location: Amma Yoga, 72 St Leger Street, Kitchener, ON (maps)
Cost: Free
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