I am not exactly sure how to introduce this blog, because I am not exactly sure of what this blog will become. My intentions lie in discussing cities, but as an undergraduate studying urban and regional planning who has not declared any specific interests in certain avenues of the planning world, there are no limitations as to specific topics that this blog will focus on.
As of right now, I find I am interested in local history and social planning — how people interact with their environment and how their environment influences their daily decisions. However I could and likely will also comment on urban design, land use, and city politics; this blog is a way of exploring what I am interested in within and surrounding cities.
Understanding what perspective I am coming from would be important in assessing why my point of view is my point of view, because everyone experiences a city differently. My name is Katie Turriff, and I am currently in my second year at the University of Waterloo studying Urban and Regional planning. Though I spend my time and money in Kitchener-Waterloo, I consider my home base to be in Belleville, just a five hour drive Eastbound, where I was born and grew up.
Belleville is a city the size of approximately 49 000 people; about 1/10th the size of the metro here (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge). The demographics are very different here, too: Waterloo is so much more diverse and, of course with two university and some-odd colleges, there is a huge presence of students here than in Belleville, which boasts only Loyalist College. Belleville is much more of a baby-boomer town — so you can imagine how much more I fit in here than there.
Because of my Bellevillian roots, anticipate reading about a lot of comparisons between Belleville and Southwestern Ontario, along with commentaries on planning articles and on what is going on in cities around me and around the world.
I will try to update this blog weekly at the very least.