Author Archives: Patrick Firth

About Patrick Firth

Coordinator of The Intiative: Glengarry to Marentette – a United Way Centraide of Windsor – Essex funded neighbourhood improvement strategy – Patrick has been working in community development since June of 2013. With a demanding work and life schedule, authoring blog posts is a good way to pursue his passion for writing, photography, and community building.
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Pierogies and Budget Items: Flexing Your Engaged Citizen Muscles for Windsor City Budget Deliberations

Pierogies On Friday, February 17th of this year I couldn’t tell you what the weather was like, what I wore, or even what I did at work that day. What I can tell you is that I ate too much, and a lot of what was stuffing me that night was pierogies. I’m not the […]

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Getting Proactive with Windsor’s Vacant Buildings: The Vacant Building Registry

From her second floor Glengarry – Marentette apartment she has a low flying bird’s eye view of the vacant building across the road. She can watch the grass and weeds grow on the lot – the excessive growth making it more interesting than it sounds. She can watch the once vibrant pink paint flake off […]

1 of the 101 - Redesigning a crosswalk in Glengarry - Marentette

Small Change 101

(1 of the 101 – “Redesigning a crosswalk” in Glengarry – Marentette) This is a very quick post to share an article that is a great example of what this blog is all about. With a title like “101 smallest things you can do for your city” I would have felt guilty if I hadn’t […]


Can they really do that? – Wyandotte Hub at the 2nd Open Streets Windsor

After all the tents were packed up, the music turned off, the games put away, and the drums silenced somebody said something to me that would summarize the general feeling of people involved in Open Streets at the Wyandotte Hub – “Can they really do that?” The woman was waiting to cross at a traffic […]


Our Neighbourhoods

The Initiative envisions a thriving and distinct Glengarry-Marentette, one of many vibrant neighbourhoods in Windsor, where neighbours work and celebrate together and have taken ownership of the community’s future.

Our mission is to renew the city through nurturing neighbourhood community. In each walkable street there are growing friendships and a leadership that work together to see their streets being safe places and a place that we want to live in.

A neighbourhood engagement initiative dedicated to working with the community members of the Ford City area to increase neighbourhood safety, neighbourhood events, improve neighbourhood infrastructure, and connect resources that support the residential and commercial revitalization of Ford City.

A grassroots organization committed to making West Windsor a better place to live, work and play. Through our community organizing efforts, we strive to engage and empower residents by providing the infrastructure and tools necessary for them to succeed.