By Robert Pajot, Project Leader, Regeneration, National Trust for Canada The challenges facing historic places of faith are daunting, yet across the country congregations and communities are finding creative new uses and partnerships to revitalize these important landmarks. Solutions are being found that work in specific contexts, whether a busy downtown street corner, a suburban … More 5 Places of Faith Revitalized for Today and Tomorrow
Jim Mountain, Director, Regeneration Projects for the National Trust recounts his latest Main Street Boost initiative, this time in Virden, MB. Main Street Boost is an energizing event designed to spark the downtown revitalization process in a community. When the National Trust comes to town for a Main Street Boost, expect the unexpected. Prior to visiting … More Main Street Boost Diaries: Virden, MB
In my ongoing work with the National Trust’s Main Street program, so much of what I do is seeking people out, hearing their stories and helping them understand what Main Street is about. Main Street is about more than buildings: it’s about people. It’s about bringing people out onto the street, connecting them with their neighbours and uniting them behind a common goal. It’s about getting to the heart of a community, finding common ground and building a sense of belonging. When that happens, it’s really inspiring. And it’s rewarding. But it’s not always easy. … More The Stories of Main Street
I was recently in Hamilton, Ontario doing reconnaissance work for the National Trust Conference 2016 (October 20-22, 2016) and was reminded that when it comes to interventions in the urban fabric, small and incremental regeneration can be extraordinarily beautiful. … More When the Fix Isn’t Big and Small is Beautiful
Welcome to REGENERATION – the new blog launched by the National Trust for Canada. We want REGENERATION to be an inspiring, fresh and provocative source of stories and ideas about saving and regenerating places that matter to Canadians. Tomorrow is the Speech from the Throne, and we’re at a watershed moment in Canadian history: we … More Welcome! • Bienvenue!