Monthly Archives: March 2011

Somerset dog-and-pony show — new priorities

The City held an open house last evening to explain to the public what is being done on Somerset Street this year. It was a mix of old news — the section west of Preston remains  unchanged from last year except for … Continue reading

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OC Transpo planner grills audience

I went to City Hall last night to learn some more about the proposed bus route changes. There was a huge, vocal, and annoyed turnout. The questioning for Mercier and Deans and Transpo staff was tough. But half way through … Continue reading

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Should be interesting …

  Apparently, some Walter Mitty-type will be presiding:

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The effacing Bridge

  This story originally appeared as my WalkSpace column at Spacing Ottawa: http://spacingottawa.ca/2011/03/28/walkspace-we-can-do-better-than-a-self-effacing-bridge/ The City is conducting studies for the placement of a ped-cyclist bridge over the Rideau River connecting Somerset E to Donald Street. I think this will be a very … Continue reading

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What the melting snow reveals

Every spring the melting snow reveals all sorts of “treasures”, aka garbage. This spring will be worse, with election signs spring-ing up already. While walking on Sunday, I saw this blue one — surely the candidate should have chosen a … Continue reading

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Infill in training

Fairmont Avenue, just south of the Queensway; a house is gone, a vacant lot is born. And it shall be named Infill. This word from a reader: One home is gone but three will take it’s place.  The developer is … Continue reading

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My lights will be on !

I received a phone call earlier this week from a reporter doing a story on Earth Day, the sit-in-the-dark hour. She cheerfully wanted my contribution to how I was honouring or observing Earth Day. There followed a most awkward conversation, … Continue reading

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