Monthly Archives: March 2012

From Parking to Parks

Miracles do happen at City Hall. Not often. But one is unfolding right now. Pay attention. Instead of paving over more of our scarce parkland for vehicle parking, instead of just whining forever about the lack of City park space … Continue reading

Posted in beaver barracks, Dalhousie, design, Elm Street, sidewalks, streetscaping, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

On a Clear Day, (Dead) Councillors can see forever …

Back a few months ago when there was snow on the ground, I typically played around with it a bit when sent out to conduct my onerous shovelling obligations. For the first pass, I would make my six-foot-short sidewalk have perfectly vertical snowbanks on … Continue reading

Posted in Bayview, Cdn War Museum, condos, design, downtown, intensificatioin, LeBreton Flats, parks, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Planning in Ottawa, the Clint Eastwood Version

Last week the packed Urban Forum lecture heard and saw Dr David Gordon from Queens expound on planning and urban design in Canada’s Capital, 1800-2000. Note the cut-off year: amalgamation; also removing the necessity to venture views on current plans such … Continue reading

Posted in cycling in Ottawa, design, downtown, Dows Lake, Experimental Farm, housing policy, intensificatioin, interprovincial transit study | 9 Comments

Traffic calming at a very large scale

Councillor Hobbs from Kitchissippi is putting forward a long-verdue motion to transportation committee for the city to have a 40kmh speed limit. While this is referred to as a residential speed limit, I’m not sure if it would apply to local busy streets … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

What to do with a highrise (proposed)

Right on the boundary of Hintonburg and Dalhousie, which is to say in the heart of the west side turf this blog purports to cover, at the intersection of Breezehill and Somerset, Claridge is proposing a 28 storey highrise. The … Continue reading

Posted in Bayview-Carling CDP, CDP, Claridge, condos, Dalhousie, design, hintonburg, intensificatioin | 24 Comments

Spagetti dinner on the No 2 Bus

  It was a hot and sunny four o’clock as I left Loblaws in Westboro. My two cloth bags didn’t seem to have much in the line of groceries – yogurt (on sale!), cheese blocks (on sale!), oranges (on sale!) and … Continue reading

Posted in Dalhousie, hintonburg, oc Transpo, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Not inspiring confidence

The City held an open house last night on the OLRT. There wasn’t anything new there that you wouldn’t know about if you read the papers and this blog. I did feel a sense of  insincerity about it though. Quickly announced, … Continue reading

Posted in DOTT, LRT, OLRT | 12 Comments