Housing to be built in Prince George BC

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News of housing is always a good move, makes great news.  City of Prince George has it on their website, linked below.  Hope it can shine above and be seen.  Usually, it’s not too good the news we hear in many areas of the globe, and even within Canada, British Columbia and yet here in Prince George (where we rose above our Crime Capitol status in 2017 as the first bit of good news my city shared to the world), we got several articles of good news this year!  This housing plan could work for the city who have always wanted to have a large population living directly in the Downtown area.

What area will this housing occupy?

Lower Connaught Hill Park trail to downtown showing empty Enterprise-Rent-A-Car building shortly before removal. Housing will be seen there shortly
This is the empty Enterprise Rent-A-Car building shortly before removal, through the fire’s smoke in summer, 2016.  the building is on the reddish cement pad, across Patricia Blvd ahead

The walk from residences along Queensway, from beyond South Fort George past  20th Ave, the Millar Addition to Patricia Blvd towards downtown can be a very scenic, accessible walk (weather allowing) which streams through Lower Connaught Hill Park, past the Worker’s Memorial and across Patricia Blvd.  Travelers wandering across BC on foot as well pass this area on Queensway and walk on by at present, nothing to attract them but trouble.

A map picture of the area the new housing will sit on
Where the housing will go is surrounded by a sidewalk and pedestrian access areas.

The new housing will go in the now empty properties directly across from City Hall, beside the sidewalk that runs from Queensway Street at 6th Ave, down Patricia Blvd rounding the corner at George Street going past the Keg.  The lots to be used were once occupied by an auto repair shop that closed by the late 1990’s and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who moved out to Continental Way, south of the city around 2010 or shortly after.   “Ed Delorme’s Auto Repair” was neighbor to City Hall first, the Prince George Farmers Market and the Keg too, being there for many years before those 2 were even thought of.   Enterprise Rent-A-Car was not there for very long.  It had quietly opened sometime after the auto shop had closed.  Some events in Prince George like Summerfest and other “snow free month” events use the fronting area along George Street to 5th, 7th from Dominion to George past Fire Station #1 using city hall property as well.  City Hall grounds and those streets are also the home of Foodie Fridays for open air vendors sponsored by local diners, quite often those roads are closed for a summer concert during that time.  The Farmers Market was even able to expand summer operations somewhat when the shop was cleared and an off street parking area for vendors opened up.  They close that block of the street every Saturday, 52 weeks of the year excluding holidays falling on that day of the week.  Enjoy a roll around this area in the winter before to the construction, taken January, 2018.  Some of my voice points to the possibility in some future of having absorbent sidewalks made from plant material, Industrial Cannabis could be used.  In weather like this year it could help lots.  I’m writing another post on that later, stay tuned!

A plan for occupants of the housing, a partnership with small business?

A possible idea for the new residence to come would have some form of 24/7/365 commerce network from the sidewalk bordered bottom floor of the housing once built, perhaps staffed by residents if they need a job.  They could live in the “store” operating as a walk-up or in neighboring units if stores open services inside and out.  This income could help subsidize rents for all the tenants so anyone could live there.  Read on for my idea of a “trade network” which others may be thinking of too, I feel it does fit into the plan of the area it will inhabit as far as I can see.   Refer to the image above.  Consider the natural pedestrian traffic flow past the future building.  The popular public, vehicle free events in the fronting areas along George Street directly in front of the housing.  Prince George’s overall commitment to civic health.   Our civic leaders are also aware of the benefits of a population who walk from residence or work to do whatever business local outside the home or during work breaks beyond the health benefits.

What products could be sold to supplement the housing?

When people shop locally within a community, the city always wins.  The use of vehicles is reduced beyond that. Those drivers have more pocket change to spend locally as far as I see things as their fuel costs are reduced.  Sometimes that’s a lot of the cost of a provincial force within the community.  Local staff using provincial vehicles can explore the community without that cost.  All downtown staff can walk to the place where they can purchase their lunches in the downtown (with employers encouraged to promote this), supporting the entire community.  Then people discover local trade like the fine clothing stores and diners available “next door” to where they work.   You do know how popular hot beverages like Coffee, Tea are in the am, better than home made often?  Add some beverages made from natural products as an alternative which are new to many of us, with flavors many find interesting.  All  made from natural healthy locally grown plants, fruits, berries, fungi , tree growths.  Available for all who want them, prepared or ready to prepare at home or work.  Grab a bag of food on the way, go to work or destination along the walk 24 7 365 (except for summertime’s downtown event times to not cause conflicts) and be productive.  Walkers could even pick up something for the road that evening too.

Sounds simple…Like the overall housing idea

It’s a natural idea to have those  “Sidewalk Shops” open in the first floor units that face the sidewalks, ready  to start serving walk up patrons as soon as the building is occupied.  Those walking city residents and provincial visitors of all nations could be traveling to civic destinations available past there with exotic and family friendly food and beverages to refresh and nourish along their way.  Perhaps in a legal world, cannabis too, locally grown.  A self Management system, working with and partnering with the City of Prince George, perhaps strengthening connections to Northern Health and diverse natural industries for our city, providing paid work for citizens and attractants for new residents.   The negatives have yet to be realized, the known positives could out-weigh those.

Cannabis too!!?  How can that help the housing?

That would become the mandate of the businesses; all products must be local grown, created and safe for all ages.  A Co-Op could form from all the vendors and selected customers, regulating itself.  The cannabis distributors, considering the history and to dispel Refer Madness thinking,  could amplify awareness of the healthy inert raw uses including beverages, steering consumer thoughts away from the activated uses for medical and recreational.  They can find that product information elsewhere not so family friendly at present, information and directions would be given when requested.   Sales of Cannabis Buds to minors won’t ever happen as a rule. No activated products would be available, no product except Raw Bud could be activated for recreational.  Safe.    This would be keeping with the mandate.

Cannabis and the housing’s neighbors

How does that fit into the plan of the neighborhood you ask.  In the non-activated world of the housing complex and the majority of the retail businesses,  it makes a fermented sauerkraut type food which has the same effect on your brain as that product you know and some people enjoy.  It could even be added to local diners as a choice on the menu.  Diverse tastes…   In a more adult oriented world, that activated industry could supplement the Craft Brewery just down the street.  When activated and fermented, it makes a  diverse choice of fine ales, wines and vodkas.  Some as tame as an average strength beer to a totally wicked, steeped in Refer Madness Vodka drink from conventional Vodka  nicknamed the “Green Dragon” which was banned in the early days of Canada’s prohibition.  I’ve been told it’s more relaxing and healthier for humans than traditional Vodka as is all the new flavors yet to be created.  It can be just another craft beer, and the LCB of BC would be welcome to handle the rest of the liquid alcoholic  forms of Cannabis.  The Keg, and/ or other diners in the area  including Crossroads Brewery could add Activated Cannabis infused drinks & food to their menus as could the food stores down the way with industrial, raw, activated and infused Cannabis forms.   New flavors for familiar  food & beverages including new tastes attracting the world to downtown, improving Prince George’s economy overall.   Have you actually seen how communities in Legal US states and Perhaps Vancouver are doing financially with the Cannabis industry?

Won’t Cannabis bring a bad rep to the housing?

In a legal world and the growing local acceptance of Cannabis, who cares what they do with the raw product (Buds) once purchased by an adult who supports the building?  All the distributors of Cannabis  can do is make the consumers aware only of harmless inert healthy raw uses and blending raw fruit, vegetable with Cannabis into beverages and food.  When asked bout those uses,  all they can do is encourage patriotism of other ready facilities geared towards the products they seek.   They can’t restrict the use of that product any further than any smoked consumable around their public areas.  Just adding this, no one has ever been hurt by any use of the plant in well over 5,000 years of any use but everyone should respect boundaries of public with any smoked consumption.  Well, no one has been harmed other than the laws surrounding it in North America.  That information can be found on other websites.

Where would Cannabis product come from to the housing and throughout the downtown core?

Room could be added under the building to grow product in abundance, perhaps added area to the parking lot with an expansion far under the buildings of the city eventually.  24/7/365 staffing would give security.  It could all be vented into the city’s storm drain system, which would make them smell better and perhaps stimulate other natural biodiversity.  The benefits to the environment industrially will be seen in futures yet to arrive, in yet another post on that subject.    The University of Northern British Columbia could even partner in this part of it and supply our medically supported Northern Health ( as another shared partner of the City of Prince George) community at the gateway to their vast territory of largely empty land and concentrated smaller communities. Then they could supply the people of BC in their connected medical networks with credible information about the plant as well as what works for people within specific medical communities.  They could further send seeds developed in the lab to the patients to begin seeing positive result from new strains developed.  New seeds and strains geared to medical communities and fine tuned to people within that community.  Other non-effective medicinal strains can be recreational in use, perhaps preventive and distributed locally that way.  This housing could literally grow the entire community with Cannabis and strengthen partnerships we have with local, provincial and national  organizations, industries and businesses.

Source: News on Prince George’s Municipal website!   Enjoy

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