Monthly Archives: December 2010

Who sets the street agenda?

I spent a little bit of time in Montreal over the holidays. I was struck by several huge differences between Montreal’s treatment of downtown streets vs Ottawa’s. In the following photos, notice that the traffic signal lights are pushed off to the … Continue reading

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Finding Fault with DOTT

The City released its first report on the test bores along the route of the proposed LRT through the downtown of Ottawa (DOTT). There was a lot of confusing fuss over the Campus Station (is there too much rock or not … Continue reading

Posted in Bayview, DOTT, downtown, Plouffe Park, preston street, Rideau Canal, Scott street, surface water, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Richmond St apartments in Toronto

This apartment building on Richmond Street in Toronto is certainly different. I do like the colours used on it. Such an improvement over many uniform glass condo tower blocks. With all the cut-ins and cut-outs, and cantilevered sections, I do wonder … Continue reading

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Silent Night

Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC:   5,000 wreaths donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine.

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Front Porch Cruisin’

If you squint your eyes just right, this porch furniture evokes the rear end of a late 50’s early 60’s big American car. You know, the era where cars were imagined as rocket ships or jet airplanes. What would our … Continue reading

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Archeological Dig on Elm Street

  Some infill houses are going in on the west end of Elm Street, near the Just Rite storage building, which formerly was the Vimy House war museum workshops, and before that the Champagne Streetcar Barn. Champagne was a mayor … Continue reading

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Rising Action

Steer your footsteps towards the City Centre complex on City Centre Avenue. At the southern end of the ground floor (near the Somerset end) there is a new bakery. A big one. Artisin Bakery has until recently been primarily a wholesale bakery, … Continue reading

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