New Westminster is getting a new highway. But this one won’t pour even more vehicles off and on the ageing Pattullo Bridge. This highway moves data. And, it’s hoped, move British Columbia’s oldest city well into the future. Tuesday, the City of New Westminster launched its new BridgeNet fibre optic network. When it’s completed in five years, the network of fibre … [Read more...] about City Launches Bridge to the Future
This post originally appeared in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016. The phrase “economic development” is often a signal of some boring, dry stuff to come, stuff best left to bean counters and statisticians. There is a relationship between economic development and the way a community evolves and transforms, however. The feeling in the city, the way neighbourhoods … [Read more...] about Not So Bland Stuff
Today on Twitter, Mayor Jonathan Cote announced the city's first parklet will be built in Sapperton near Fratelli Bakery and the new Bloom Bloom Room flower shop. If I didn't know how long it takes to get things done at City Hall, I'd think the Mayor of New Westminster must be reading my blog. The first of five parklets planned for the city over the next five years, the … [Read more...] about The first New West parklet goes to …. Sapperton!
New West has a thriving culture of entrepreneurship, but I haven't seen it celebrated and encouraged as much as I'd like. Hopefully that's about to change. Small business is critical to New Westminster's economy and culture. Of the 2864 business licenses issued to residents, 2452 have gone to small businesses, which means that approximately 85% of New West based businesses … [Read more...] about Network with local entrepreneurs at LAUNCH! New West
Several weeks ago the City of New Westminster hosted an Economic Forum. The forum was intended to highlight the changes that have been occurring in the city and promote future economic opportunities. The keynote speaker at this event was real estate marketer Bob Rennie. At the end of his speech Mr. Rennie suggested that New Westminster ditch the Royal City moniker for something … [Read more...] about ‘Royal City’ swag lights coming back to Columbia Street
I have many favourite boutiques and restaurants in New West, and it seems to me there are more opening all the time. But if I had a fairy godmother who would fast-track a few new businesses for me, here is what I would wish for: A truly great coffee shop New West does not lack for coffee shops, but it does lack for great coffee. A JJ Bean would be awesome, or better yet, … [Read more...] about The shops I wish we had in New West