Is Ottawa A Major City? No

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    Ken Gray
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    Here’s what Ottawa’s abysmal failure in the Amazon headquarters derby means.

    This community can’t finish in the Top 20 in North American communities in this highly competitive race. No one expected the city to win, but not even in the Top 20? Really?

    Columbus, Ohio did better than Ottawa. Columbus, Ohio?

    Remember this is a city that couldn’t find its way into the Double-A Eastern League in baseball. That mighty loop includes Erie, Pa. and Binghamton, N.Y.

    Instead of going ga-ga every time MoneySense magazine names Ottawa the most livable city in Canada, maybe our city leaders should be looking at why this city can’t finish in the Top 20 in the most sought-after business expansion in recent memory.

    That said for the bid money, Mayor Jim Watson got some lame publicity again.

    Better that than dealing straight-on with violence in Bells Corners.

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    Ron Benn

    One of the criteria Amazon set was a functional rapid transit system. Amazon holds itself out as an environmentally sensitive organization. In addition, a functional rapid transit system means that Amazon would not have to devote a large amount of land to parking spaces for its many employees.

    With that in mind, Phase 1 of the LRT, no longer touted as on time and on budget, is scheduled to be ready for riders sometime in 2018 – or not, since we haven’t seen a schedule of late. Irrespective of when it will be rider ready, it is a short-run line.

    Phase 2 of the LRT is expected to get to the western edge of Orleans, meaning that the residents of Orleans, and especially those who live on the ever expanding eastern perimeter will likely be faced with a milk run local bus to get to the LRT station. Those residents fare better than the good residents of Kanata. The western leg of Phase 2 of the LRT will get to the western edge of what was once Nepean, which, contrary to Councillor Allan Hubley’s understanding, is not the same as the eastern edge of Kanata. The residents of Kanata and Stittsville face an even longer milk run of a local bus ride, or perhaps a mid-length milk run to connect with a short run express to the LRT. Pity to the residents of Barrhaven, who will see the southern end of the LRT reach all the way to Algonquin College (sarcasm alert), or conversely to the northern edge of nowhere near Riverside South. They will face a long milk run followed by a mid-length express bus to the LRT. All of which may, and I do stress may, be ready by 2023, or not.

    Phase 3 of the LRT is but a twinkle in the eye of a transit planner.

    All of which is to say that yes, Ken, you are correct. Ottawa is not a major city. What passes for vision in city hall relates solely to (mis)managing the increase in the city’s property-tax rates, and getting re-elected. In contrast, major cities are typically those which are in the constant process of implementing a long-term vision of what the city could become.

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    Ken Gray
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    Ron:

    I’m shocked that you would say the city has no long-term vision … shocked.

    Watson has a long-term vision. It comes in increments of four years.

    As for the poor folks in Barrhaven, who are represented by the chairwoman of the planning committee Jan Harder, they will have a milk run to a bus with a longer goal then an O-Train ride with a transfer downtown. Or … a transfer to the eastern reaches of Kanata where they can chat with Councillor Allan Hubley about the money he has been saving taxpayers recently while waiting for a bus to inner-central Kanata and a milk run after that to their abode.

    No vision, Ron? Shame on you. Just because the vision is utterly non-function, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a vision.

    cheers

    kgray

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    sisco farraro

    I want to add a little non-sequitur here, and Ken, I’ll be brief.

    Ottawa lives in a cocoon. Last year was “Canada’s” 150th anniversary. Yet the city was littered with signs declaring “Ottawa 2017”. The only day Canada was celebrated was July 1st. Ottawa has great potential, but it needs to look outward more, especially since it’s the capital of our country.

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    Ken Gray
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    Mr. Ferraro:

    We didn’t finish in the Top 20 in North America in the Amazon derby.

    That speaks for itself.

    Yes this city has potential and is a very smart community.

    But the Amazon facts don’t lie.

    cheers

    kgray

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    sisco farraro

    I spent my career in the tech sector and 10 years ago when things were humming along at full speed ahead, it looked like sooner than later more people would be employed in that sector than the government. But things slowed down – small tech companies were purchased by larger ones, people were laid off, more start-ups were created by the people who were laid off (not necessarily technology-based), etc. If the roller coaster had continued and we had retained our moniker of “Silicon Valley North”, I’m sure we would have been in the thick of the running ’til the end. Timing was bad this time ’round.

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