Monthly Archives: July 2009

Bird sightings along the Ottawa River

The first photo shows a black cormorant ( I think … I googled the name and it seems to me to match) on the Ottawa River near Lemieux Island. If I recall correctly, cormorants are rapidly becomming an invasive species … Continue reading

Posted in bike path, nature, NCC, oc Transpo, ottawa river | 3 Comments

Small Lot Water Retention

1.gravel fill 2.vegetation coverage 3. front yard hosta on red stone mulch 4.pea stone driveway 5.permeable pavement patio old water barrel 7.gravel drip line along garage I think it is possible to retain almost all of the water that … Continue reading

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Flooding Responsibility

I feel empathy for the residents flooded in recent heavy rains. I live in a neighborhood area that has suffered sewer backups/flooding in the past (although not this year that I know of…). I dread the thought of having to … Continue reading

Posted in little Italy, plant recreation centre, Plouffe Park, preston street | 2 Comments

Festival Externalities

Every festival has impacts external to the site it operates on. These get managed in different ways. Winterlude and the Tulip Festival have numerous events along the canal, abutting neighborhoods like the Golden Triangle and The Glebe. For both these … Continue reading

Posted in Albert St, Bayview, Bluesfest, Booth St, City Hall, Dalhousie, Dows Lake, LeBreton Flats, little Italy, preston street | 5 Comments

More Observed Wildlife …

I never cease to be amazed at what I see along the NCC Ottawa River bikepaths. At dusk the other evening, I watched a group of people with a large trebuchet (a seige engine of the catapult family) flinging objects … Continue reading

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Landscaping resumes at Claridge’s Condo

I figured that Claridge might never landscape its project on LeBreton Flats. But in the last few weeks, a lot has happened. Sod appeared on the west side of Lett Street (right side of picture 2) in front of the … Continue reading

Posted in aquaduct, bike path, Claridge, condos, cycling in Ottawa, green roofs, NCC, Tailrace | 1 Comment

Is Infill Working?

Proponents of ‘smart growth’ and higher density cities usually cite as benefits the smaller ecological footprint and lower cost of servicing higher density mixed use urban areas compared to suburban growth. I wonder just how true this is. In my … Continue reading

Posted in condos, housing policy, pedestrians | 4 Comments