As you can see from the photo above, city-owned Carling Avenue has lots of space. It is one wide avenue.
People have been wondering for a long time why light rail didn’t go down there rather than along the Macdonald Parkway. Staff said that tunnelling along the line would be expensive in the areas where it was needed and that little economic uplift could be created along the route.
Of course now staff with the help of the National Capital Commission is tunnelling the route down the Macdonald Parkway and as for economic uplift, the NCC doesn’t allow buildings along the parkway so construction along the line is minimal.
That is … unless the city wants to put high-rises in areas such as south of Richmond Road or in neighbourhoods such as Westboro Beach or Champlain Park. Already one developer tried to put two high-rises on Roosevelt Avenue which is two-story residential.
Fortunately the demographic environment is not favourable to high-rises at present or likely into the long-distant future so the city’s old neighbourhoods, which are wonderful features of our city, still have a chance to survive until a more enlightened leadership arrives a city hall.
Below are the artist renderings for the Baseline bus corridor.
Wonder why that configuration wouldn’t have worked along Carling. Appears the city, for some reason, desperately didn’t want light rail along Carling.
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