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16 Responses to Comments

  1. James Welsh says:

    Just noticed the Chinese grocery store on Somerset St and Bayswater has closed. Wonder what happened? Victim of the new Big Box Asian market on Hunt Club? Not too many sources of groceries remaining in the neighbourhood.

  2. Ken says:

    I have just read your post on sidewalk reflections. You take such great photos. Keep it up.

  3. Ken says:

    I think you have taken some great pictures of license plate numbers. If your camera stamps time and date then the parking authority should be able to reward those sidewalk users with a financial greeting card n’est ce pas?

  4. Ken says:

    While the bridge design for Slovenia certainly looks fantastic and I am sure would quicken the hearts of cyclists, most people using a walker or wheelchair would not be able to manage it safely. The Calgary bridge looks great.

  5. Ken: I am not sure why you say that. There is a perfectly flat/level path from one river bank to another, in addition to the stairs and the sloped apitheatre bits, as shown on the illustrated figure at the bottom of the post. The concept bridge is not a final plan for building. I have no doubt some additional railing details or curbs have yet to be worked out. My main point continues to be that we design things cheaply or minimally, sometimes it is better to celebrate something. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Ken says:

      Wasn’t sure that was the case. In one of the images it looked like it undulated across its width. I do agree with you on the propensity of this city to build boring but I guess to attempt something exciting and different would spark a “friends of the boring and same old” group to fight it.

  6. Ken says:

    Once again Eric you have done research that most of us would not even contemplate and for that we thank you.

    My observation without thinking too much is why are we always thinking about how to stuff the future into the present instead of how do we make the present morph to a future that makes sense.

  7. Pat Boule says:

    Thought you might be interested that a new precedent is being set by the NCC in terms of advance notice for public consultations. They dropped a bombshell on attendees at yesterday’s (June 7) Interprovincial Bridge community leaders meeting that the first round of consultations would be happening between now and June 18th! So funny considering their own site (as of earlier today) didn’t even have dates and locations – I did them the favour of posting up what they emailed out last night. . More here: http://www.commonsensecrossings.com

  8. Chris Porter says:

    Hi Eric,
    I don’t recall whether you’ve commented previously on plans for traffic lanes on Scott post-repaving. Walking along there yesterday (between Holland and Island Park) I noticed what I guess are guide markings for the new lanes – it appears that Scott has been put on a diet! No longer will we have four car lanes – instead it looks like there will be one traffic lane in each direction, a central turning lane, and a curbside bike lane on both sides. Sounds like something I’ve heard proposed for Bronson…!

    Next question is what this means for the Scott MUP (and BikeWest)…

  9. Charles A-M says:

    See? I told you it worked! It’s like saying “stop [parking illegally] or I’ll shoot [a photo of you with my camera]!”

  10. Michal says:

    Hi Eric,

    I have always enjoyed your blog, I find you’re the most reliable source I know for urban information and your commentary and analysis is insightful and reasonable. I recently ran across a post over at the economist’s free exchange blog concerning properly distributing the costs and benefits of new development. It is located at http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2012/02/development-incentives
    I was wondering what your thoughts are on such a proposal and how it could change the dynamics of urban intensification in our city.

    Cheers,
    Michal

  11. Steve Brass says:

    Hi Eric,

    Have you ever done a piece on the benches on the east side under the Preston Street underpass (with the LIttle Italy mural)? I always walk by and wonder why they are there? I’ve never seen anyone sit on one. Unless you are a troll who wants to sit under a bridge. You think they could move them just a bit south so maybe people waiting for the 85 could use them.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on this.

    Steve

  12. Matthew says:

    Eric, here is a post idea.
    What is up with the campaign to get a new playing surface at Plouffe Park? I think it is horrible that this is happening. The field was completely re-done 2 years ago. If it is now “the worst soccer field in the city” what does that say about the city’s ability to make fields? Getting BMO to pay for new grass would only encourage the city to continue building sub par sports fields. Also if the city had so much water over the drought, why did it let some (all?) of its sports fields die of thirst this summer? Finally, what about a campaign to seed fields with creeping charlie, the ‘weed’ that stays green and healthy on fields with much less water than grass…

  13. Chris N. says:

    Hi Eric,

    It is interesting to see how other municipalities deal with urban sprawl. I read this post;
    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_pivot/2012/09/l_a_metro_how_los_angeles_is_becoming_america_s_next_great_mass_transit_city_.2.html
    about how LA has been successfully dealing with it’s transportation issues since the 2nd World War. It somewhat surprised me as LA is the quintessential model of the automobile age. It would be nice to see more of this mentality here in Ottawa.
    Keep up the good work!

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