Views, vistas and landmark buildings are important attributes of the character of the public realm and the identity of the community. A high-rise building may enhance or impact the views or vistas. It may be a background building that blends into the urban fabric to frame or to form the backdrop of a view. It may also be a landmark building that stands out from the urban fabric or skyline, or situated at the terminus of an important vista.
Urban Design Guidelines For High-rise Buildings (the high-rise report)
Or a high-rise in Ottawa will most likely be a beige rectangular piece of crap that destroys the nature of traditional neighbourhoods, ruins privacy and sunlight from two-storey residential buildings next door and contributes to the overall destruction of a community over time.
However on the bright side (that is if there is any sunlight left in Ottawa if this report is adopted) developers will be able to maximize profit with too-tall buildings, developer campaign donations will cascade into the mayor’s and incumbent councillors’ kitties, and the planning department will reap gargantuan developer charges to keep themselves employed and able to buy a better brand of caviar for themselves and their concierges.
What is in this report for the citizens of Ottawa? Absolutely nothing.
Coming to Ottawa soon. The view from your backyard.
Well, actually that’s not true. There will be the devaluation of homes next to high-rises by hundreds of thousands of dollars, an ugly community, designs that will make Ottawa look like Everywhere North America, create horrible congestion and destroy vistas with big brown boxes.
Why do Mayor Jim Watson, planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder, city manager Steve Kanellakos, most of Ottawa City Council, the planning department and deep-pocketed developers not want you to know about these plans?
Because there is utterly nothing in it for the taxpayers of this city.
And if the residents of Ottawa discover what a self-serving document this is, they might vote out this mayor and council and destroy this cosy little partnership between developers, the planning department and our elected officials.
Protest this report. Throw out the mayor and supporting councillors on Oct. 22.
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