Monthly Archives: January 2011

On development styles, and what is planning anyway…

I hope that many readers of this blog also read the comments. Most of them are really good, some rise to absolute excellence (and that’s not just because I agree with the writer …).  I will not repeat the material … Continue reading

Posted in 500 Preston, Bayview-Carling CDP, Claridge, condos, LeBreton Flats, pedestrians, Soho Italia | 6 Comments

Bell nixes Solo action

Last week I posted about my adventures with Solo Mobile that somehow “contracted” with an Alzheimer’s patient for a cell phone. Solo was not interested in cancelling the telemarketed, unsigned contract. A reader kindly sent me the name of a VP … Continue reading

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Soho ho

The Starwood-Mastercraft sales trailer is being fitted out at the corner of Sidney-Preston. Not surprisingly, some people think this is the sales office for the Soho Italia project, their 35 storey condo that soars to new heights (they hope). But alas, … Continue reading

Posted in 125 Hickory Street, 500 Preston, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Condo, heal thyself …

  Part of the controversy about the Laurier Separated Bike Lanes relates to who gets to use the street. According to the Bank Street BIA, it’s for cars and deliveries, period. Less strident but still vocal are the various condo owner and … Continue reading

Posted in condos, cycling in Ottawa, downtown, Laurier Ave, parking, roads, sidewalks | 18 Comments

Industrial gentrification on the west side

Costco likes to locate in industrial parks. They essentially run a retail store but in industrial space. The reason for this is that they then pay industrial property taxes, which are hugely lower than retail commercial property taxes. On a … Continue reading

Posted in design, Elm Street, preston street, Spruce St | 9 Comments

Why can’t pedestrians just cross the street?

I am not like most people in the City, but I am similar to a large minority in the centretown and west side neighbourhoods in that I walk places. I walk a lot. I do not, and never have had, a … Continue reading

Posted in pedestrians | 19 Comments

Staircase House

above: lot preparation last fall … Recall this infill on Primrose and Lorne, by the staircase, has been featured on earlier posts. By the end of December, the garage floor has been poured on the third floor — flush with Upper … Continue reading

Posted in infill, Primrose, staircase house, Uncategorized | 7 Comments