This is an initiative that is bound to fail.
Mayor Jim Watson wants to rejuvenate Sparks Street.
Here is the best way of doing it. Don’t spend a penny. Funds spent on Sparks Street in the situation it is in now are
just wasted tax money. Furthermore, Watson’s record in such endeavours is appalling.
Here’s what the mayor can do if he wants to make Sparks Street vibrant again. Put high-rise condos downtown where they belong … not in residential neighbourhoods.
The reason that the Glebe, Westboro, New Edinburgh and the ByWard Market work is because people live in those areas. They need to shop for food, hardware, clothes and the like so commercial ribbons in those neighbourhoods are vibrant.
Don’t waste taxpayer money on a few extra flower pots on Sparks Street. Pull in an IOU or three from a few of your developer friends and get them working on putting high-rise condos near Sparks Street. The city gets development money and Sparks Street gets a market.
Then the redevelopment of Sparks Street takes care of itself.
Here is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Catherine McKenney want to know what residents think about the future of Sparks Street, and invite you to join them for an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions.
What do you think the City should consider as it develops a plan to revitalize the Sparks Street pedestrian mall? Register now for the Town Hall meeting, where you will have the chance to share your ideas with Mayor Watson and Councillor McKenney, hear from the project team and submit comments about the future look, feel and possible programming of this public space.
For more information: Sparks Street Public Realm Plan.
Sparks Street when it has people on it … Ribfest.