Grand Magazine - - LIFE LESSONS - By Carol Jankowski

A DRIVE ALONG the old sec­tion of Kitch­ener’s Doon Vil­lage Road might leave the unini­ti­ated won­der­ing why it war­rants a her­itage des­ig­na­tion. Of 74 prop­er­ties in­cluded in the Up­per Doon Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, 18 are deemed to be his­toric. Oth­ers in­clude 1960s bun­ga­lows and 1970s split-lev­els, some built close to the road, oth­ers set well back.

The her­itage des­ig­na­tion, ap­proved in 1988, noted the homes “are not grandiose build­ings.... Rather they are mod­est struc­tures of sim­ple pleas­ing pres­ence ... build­ing stock is of a quiet re­served char­ac­ter.”

As Robert Ship­ley, as­so­ciate direc­tor of grad­u­ate stud­ies and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in the Uni­ver­sity of Water­loo’s School of Plan­ning, ex­plains, “charm­ing and old” is not the point of a her­itage des­ig­na­tion.

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