Ben Appleby

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Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
These are largely based on an economy to support them but I'd love a 2-3 screen movie theatre (dinner and a movie would keep people uptown evenings and weekends), a vibrant Brunswick Square with shops and amenities people would use, pedestrian-only streets (City Market, Grannan Lane) for events and to promote gathering, and a redevelopment of the Coast Guard site to include a proper Museum, retail, residential, and green space.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
I mentioned most of the things I don't like in the previous question on streets. What I do like about the waterfront is Harbour Passage (better if it could extend around the lower cove loop), the active Cruise Ship industry through late summer/fall, and Market Square (although I think Loyalist Plaza needs a complete revisioning).
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
The only park that needs work imo is Rainbow Park. It's had some improvement but needs to be finished. Hopefully bball court can be redone and maybe a tennis court. But they need to be enclosed with a wind barrier or they'll be useless in that area by the water. It also needs an open lawn for events and for people to sit and relax. Most of St James and the south east of the peninsula need major work, ie beautification, greening, sidewalk work, reinvestment. Orange, some of Duke, Germain, Canterbury are all pretty nice streets. Water could be phenomenal but there is little to no access to the water (on Water St, go figure) bc of needless fencing and barriers for security (?) Most of the parking area should be torn up and greened. Absolutely no need for all that parking when there's plenty elsewhere. More street traffic would mean some of those Water St businesses could stay afloat and hopefully thrive. Of course, the redevelopment of the Coast Guard site is vital. Great location for the new Museum perhaps? Could drive further development as well.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
The architecture and history. I really couldn't care less about materials, as long as they match the look of the heritage buildings. I know we need to protect our heritage areas, but I don't want that to be at the expense of affordability and development.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
A place where people of all income levels can feel included and involved. Where everyone has options for affordable living spaces, healthy and affordable food (and sometimes unhealthy as well), support services (mental and physical wellness) and recreational opportunities. All these need to be within walking distance or easily accessible. A vibrant city core is one people don't have to leave to meet their needs. My hope is that the central peninsula becomes a place people want to move to, from other parts of the city, province, and country.
Commented on Central Peninsula Neighbourhood Action Plan 1 year, 1 month ago
Work with local corner store owners to include healthier options, including produce. Advocate big grocery chains to explore the option of an urban format version, used in other cities, in the central peninsula (ie Sobeys Urban Fresh). Work with nighbourhood front line agencies to bolster the food purchasing club with more well-rounded options (ie meat, cooking ingredients, etc) and have delivery options for those with mobility issues.