Monthly Archives: January 2012

Making Neighbourhoods Friendly (ii)

In the first part of this story, last week, I divided existing neighborhoods into several broad types. Within them, there are some places that promote neighborliness, and some that don’t. While there are many causes, not least among them the nature … Continue reading

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Improved sidewalk, honestly !

I must confess that I found it easy to avoid the construction on Somerset through Chinatown during the fall. Primrose runs parallel, and is car-free for a block of it, to boot! But I did notice a safety cone marking some … Continue reading

Posted in Chinatown, sidewalks, somerset street, streetscaping | 8 Comments

Washing pedestrians

Corner of Booth and Albert, where a giant puddle forms at the slightest excuse. The City spent 3 weeks digging up this intersection during the fall, but did they fix the drains? ha ha, ha ha, ha, ha ha, ha, … Continue reading

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Progress on Rescuing Bronson

The City has compromised on some Bronson issues. They have agreed to remove their proposal to widen the street, which would have speeded up vehicular traffic while simultaneously making the corridor less cycling and pedestrian friendly and chopping off numerous front … Continue reading

Posted in Bronson, cycling in Ottawa, Dalhousie, Gladstone, pedestrians, road diet, roads, sidewalks, somerset street | 25 Comments

Making Neighborhoods Friendly (i)

This will be a series of posts on how we design our neighborhoods and whether this design is friendly to urban life. It is inspired by a book recently read: Pocket Neighborhoods, by Ross Chapin. You can get it from your … Continue reading

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Museum of Strife

The (Federal government’s) Museum of Nature is embroiled in a dispute with some locals on the value and location of its parking lot. The nub of the problem is the Museum wishes to convert some of its parkland on its west side … Continue reading

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Downtown Moves

The folks running the Downtown Moves study had an open house last evening. I was very pleased and surprised at the large turnout  around 6pm. Some attendees were the usual suspects we find at these events, ie the city builder … Continue reading

Posted in cycling in Ottawa, downtown, parking, pedestrians, sidewalks | 5 Comments