Sunday, December 3, 2017

From Our Home to Yours....

 The very best of the holiday season to you and yours.

May the new year bring many new and exciting opportunities to come together as a community and continue working on creating a vibrant, healthy and liveable city.

Peace and Joy.....

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pop UP Newton Art Walk- Fall 2015

A few pics from the Pop -Up Newton Art Walk held earlier this fall. It was a magical night and one that we hope will be repeated again and again. Stop by the AGENT C Gallery Thursdays and Saturdays 12-4 to see some wonderful art and then stroll farther north to check out the Cabinets of Curiosity. Grab a coffee and treat at Espresso Cafe while you're at it. Maybe pick up some authentic Filipino food at the tiny grocery just steps away? 
Lots to enjoy on this 2 block stretch in downtown Newton. 7300 block of 137th Street north toward 74th Avenue.

Rhiannon Paskall joined in the festivities.

Food Trucks! We had Food Trucks!

City Councillor Judy Villeneuve  spoke about the importance of Arts and revitalization

Philip Aguirre of the Newton Business Association spoke

MLA Harry Bains whose office is on the block said a few words

Happy participants having fun creating art on the sidewalk!

One of the Cabinets of Curiosity

Beautiful sculptural piece, part of the Cabinets of Curiosity

We were treated to lovely music in this little courtyard- perfect for an autumn evening

Jude Hannah- ReNewton and Councillor Judy Villeneuve  at Agent C Gallery

Agent C Gallery After Dark.....

The most important thing to remember when talking about revitalization is that the community has to support local businesses with their dollars! Bemoaning businesses closing is hypocritical if you never frequented the establishment. We're all in this together. It means so much to our local economy and the quality of life here in the downtown area. Please, as the holidays approach, spend your dollars here in the neighbourhood. Thanks!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Newton Block Party, New shops along 137th St & Zaklan Farm Fest All Today!

Today 10-2 Newton Block Party -Near Rona 

Fun for the family- pancake breakfast courtesy of the Newton Business Improvement Association, and much more. 

Come out and meet the people in your neighbourhood.  And don't forget to stop by the street piano in the grove and play a tune or two!

Friends in the Grove
 Check out Agent C Gallery and Studio 73 both new, and both along 137th St just north of the Wave 

Studio 73  Glassworks  Candles and More!
Opening reception for Gross Density Parcel exhibition at  Agent C Gallery 

  Zaklan Heritage Farm hosts its annual Harvest Festival today too!
 If you haven't been to this wonderful farm in the heart of Surrey, today's the day! 

 ReNewton will be back blogging full time in September!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summertime, and the livin' is easy......

With the odd exception,  I will be taking a break from this blog for the summer.
  Will still be active on Twitter @ReNewtonNation posting the best of local and international placemaking and urbanist ideas and strategies.
 Have a safe, happy and beautiful summer!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stop by Starbucks Newton 11-3 today. Help Stamp Out Cancer!

 Happy Saturday Everyone!

 Please stop by the Starbucks near the Organic Grocer in Newton today between 11-3 . Say hi, and help kick cancer in the ass. Donate to the Canadian Cancer Society. Two cute young girls will be there and then one old woman this afternoon ( that's me :D) Help Rhiannon Paskall and her friend raise a record amount today !

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Future Lives Here: in Newton

 Wednesday, April 22
 Newton Community Hall
City of Surrey presentation:
 The Future of the Newton Town Centre.

What's in store for the centre of Newton.
 Share your thoughts as a resident or business owner or simply as an interested Surrey citizen.
What do YOU want to see happen, really happen now?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't Worry Surrey. Everything will be okay. Until it's not.

Was away from Surrey for most of today and a bit off the grid. 

Came back to find out that another drive by shooting had occurred not far from my home and just steps from Panorama Ridge Secondary School  just before  the school's lunch hour. This has got to stop. 

We need to address this insanity before an innocent person gets hurt. Can we do that this time? 
 The first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging that a problem exists. 
Surrey, we have a problem. 
We don't need to  point blame right now. Let's just admit that something is very wrong in this city and get to work on solutions.

  Burying our heads in the sand isn't working. 
Painting everything with sunshine and rainbows isn't helping. 

We all need to come together and talk about this like rational adults. A city isn't a business. A city is made up of people. Can we make decisions that are in the best interest of the people who call this city home? 
Surrey, we have a problem.

 It's like parents knowing their teen has a drug problem  but refuse to deal with it because, 
" what will the neighbours think?"

Let's stop this insanity and just do it. 
 And this time please, please,  can we address this issue head on before  another family is devastated by  a tragedy that might have been prevented, if only someone had had the courage to say enough already.

One resident's recent tweet:
 Don't feel safe driving around my community anymore. 
Every resident of #SurreyBC is a victim of these shootings, our safety is being robbed.

Surrey, We Have a Problem.

Friday, March 27, 2015

March Break-new post coming soon :)

New post coming soon- stay tuned.

 In the meantime, remember to vote yes for better transportation.
 It's the best thing for Surrey's future.
 Do it for the greater good.

Monday, March 9, 2015

How to Make an Attractive City

If you want to see what a society really believes in, look at what the biggest buildings on the horizon are dedicated to. 
The biggest, most prominent things tell us about the actual, rather than the admitted priorities of a city. We focus on who owns land, but we don't think about who owns space, who has 'air' rights.

-Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Common Sense Talk on Transit.

One of the smartest guys around, former chief planner for the city of Vancouver Brent Toderian talks common sense about the upcoming transit plebiscite. Watch and learn.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Surrey ‘eyesore’ saga drags on Year 17 (via Vancouver 24 hrs)

 More on the ongoing Public Market saga. Year 17.

Read full story below.

Surrey ‘eyesore’ saga drags on | Vancouver 24 hrs

 Clarification Anyone who lives in the Sullivan Heights or Panorama area area knows that there hasn't been security , let alone 24 hour security on the premises for over a month. The head of bylaws for Surrey was made aware of this over a week ago. It is a dangerous place and it needs to go.

So Much Potential for a Beautiful Community Space

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Change of Direction....

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. Have been working on a few new projects, one of them a  new and separate blog focusing more on issues throughout the Metro Van region in general. Social, economic, cultural, and a good dose of  'what have you'.

 Lots going on in the world  and here at home in south Newton. Will be blogging about the local news and what's happening on the streets here in this part of Surrey, BC. Much to discuss. Some difficult issues to deal with. But, deal with them we must.

  The ReNewtonNation blog started 3 years ago almost to the day.What began as a movement to bring focus to the remarkable and rapid decline in the neighbourhood and the dire need for revitalization has taken a few twists and turns along the way. 
Most recently ReNewton has been looking at the continuing problem with crime and safety. I'll be writing about that soon. 
Stay tuned...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Facing reality.

I've spent the last two days sitting in a courtroom at the preliminary inquiry relating to the Julie Paskall ( our Hockey Mom) murder case.
 It has not been easy.
There are times when you just can't ignore reality. These 2 days brought that home loud and clear. We need to do better.

Yosef Gopaul goes on trial on March 12, 2015 at BC Supreme Court in New Westminster.
 At the moment, writing about pop-up shops, placemaking, sidewalk cafes and all  of the lovely things that make for a happy city is the furthest thing from my mind. 
I'll be back soon.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year, New Newton ?

Downtown Newton Business Improvement Association and ReNewton
 in The Now Newspaper January 15 edition.
Read here

 May this be the year that Newton rises up and shines!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What Makes a Great Place?

Downtown Newton  has the potential  to be more than just another suburban town centre.

We have the lovely Old Surrey Restaurant heritage building,  but the rest is a bit of a mish mash of architectural styles. Some good, some not so much.
Downtown Newton needs its own brand; its own distintive feel. Luckily that slightly shabby, old bricks and weathered wood look is easy to  replicate.

 We have the most amazing template to work with here: A mix of (potential) parks and public spaces plus the start of a vibrant colourful international  retail mix with a good dose of authentic grit.
The best is yet to come  here. You can feel the desire in the residents and business communities. The place has great 'bones'. Let's get working and  turn this place around. Who's with us?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What Role do Arts and Culture Play in Community Revitalization?

" order to be successful, cities are going to have to be dense, diverse, animated and interesting.

That only happens when arts and culture are at the heart of communities".

Here in downtown Newton we have the  jumping off points to creating something magical, vibrant and authentic.
 A new business improvement association, several international food shops, Surrey artists' fave hang out  Deserres ,  an intimate cultural centre with lots of potential, and a core community group of individuals who are more than ready to get to work.
What we need now, as the video states is a ' coalition of the willing'.
Let's hope 2015 is the year that Newton finally gets its due.

 I hope you're as inspired  as I am by this brief video.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Moments

Happy New Year ReNewton Nation!
 that's you guys :)
Thanks for supporting ReNewal and ReVitalization of downtown Newton.
May 2015 will be our year to shine!