“If Westboro is the best neighbourhood in Ottawa, then 1451 Wellington is its crown jewel – and construction on the boutique condo, a Mizrahi Developments project, is closer than ever to breaking ground.”
Mizrahi Developments sponsored content in the Ottawa Business Journal
Just to clarify this for out friends from Toronto, Westboro is not the best neighbourhood in Ottawa.
Sam Mizrahi really should get out to Rockcliffe to visit Ottawa’s best neighbourhood. It’s kind of embarrassing hearing people from out of town making groaner mistakes when talking about the nation’s capital.
In fact, Westboro was much nicer 15 years ago when dust and noise from construction didn’t fill the air, when traditional businesses could afford to operate there when rental rates were lower and when the neighbourhood had character. When shop owners had a few wrinkles of experience and good stories instead of pre-occupied youngsters who look like they would rather be somewhere else.
Traffic is horrible because the neighbourhood is intensifying without the benefit of real mass transit. In fact, one of the worst locations for traffic is at Island Park Drive, Wellington Street and Richmond Road, right beside the Mizrahi development. Traffic there lines up forever waiting to get across the Champlain Bridge to Quebec.
Don’t worry Sam Mizrahi, it’s not a secret this traffic. Everybody in Ottawa knows it. Listen to the radio traffic reports where “traffic is backed up getting on the Champlain Bridge”.
Furthermore, hearing that his luxury development is breaking ground in Ottawa is rather patronizing to Ottawans. Nothing like someone from Toronto telling Ottawans how far we are behind Toronto. Toronto and Ottawa are kind of a messy mix at the best of times. Go to a Leafs-Senators game.
You see, Ottawans don’t really care about Toronto. They don’t yearn to live there. In fact 65-storey monstrosities aside, Ottawans actually prefer living in Ottawa. The nation’s capital has been kind of right-sized with interesting national institutions, lovely parkland, scenic views (65-storey monstrosities aside) that you usually don’t get with such communities. So far, even the politicians haven’t been able to screw it up, but planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder and her buddy Mayor Jim Watson are well on the way.
Furthermore in Ottawa, unlike Toronto, you can still afford to buy a single-family dwelling.
And one other thing. The Mizrahi building is not in Westboro. It’s in Wellington West.
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