Ottawa doesn’t need 55-storey towers.
It’s turning us into little Toronto.
Which is built like Everywhere North America. Throw Dallas and Toronto on a table and you can’t tell the difference.
In the future, Parliament Hill will figure in the city’s intensification plans.
Feb. 18, 2017: News Flash: Prime Minister Ben Mulroney, in a surprise move, asks the City of Ottawa planning department to evaluate Parliament Hill and its buildings for renovation and intensification.
It takes a brave councillor to stand up to city staff. That’s because city staff can make a councillor’s life miserable.
Need a road plowed, councillor? Yeah, we’ll get to it … someday. Grass needs to be cut on an empty lot … sure, it’s 148th in line.
But Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes doesn’t put up with a lot of guff. And she has called down the Planning and Growth Management Department in the way it deserves. Holmes is right … it no longer serves the citizens of Ottawa.
Sometimes one has to wonder what runs through Mayor Jim Watson’s mind. Too often it’s not about what’s good for Ottawa, but what’s good for Jim.
Toronto has banned corporate and union donations to municipal political candidates, but our mayor in Ottawa thinks they’re a good idea.
At a gathering at Carleton University this week, Watson said he if couldn’t garner his $600,000 to finance his mayoral campaign, he couldn’t run.
This week Bulldog Ottawa readers had a blast debating whether residents should boycott development public meetings.
Your agent says they are just dog-and-pony shows where people go through the motions of listening to resident and then do what they please. While most Bulldoggians don’t disagree with that premise, some feel people should go to meetings to pressure the city and developers.
In case you missed it, the comments below are from the post A Hobbs’ Dog-And-Pony Show.
And that’s where the debate begins:
For those of you who think these dog-and-pony shows mean anything (Bulldog Ottawa is boycotting them until the municipal election after the abysmal performance of city hall on the Scott Street detour), you should go.
Needless to say, people don’t put up millions of dollars to build something without already having their legislative ducks in order. These meetings are to make you feel good. They are very unlikely to have much effect on the final outcome of the process.
Avid Bulldog reader Randy Gordon looks at the current state of development in the old west end:
Ho Ho Ho – Need More Dough
I think I have now discovered how the City is trying to recoup its loses from the recent financial disasters of the Airport Parkway Bridge, the Armstrong Bridge, Presto Card, LRT. You know what I mean.
Impersonal Beijing. Do we want our downtown residential areas to be just forests of highrises with all the social costs that come with them?
In Ottawa, you’re very hard-pressed to find people against intensification … even in the core.
However what residents are complaining about is intensification in areas that are already highly developed and can’t take much more traffic in a city that has been slow to adopt mass transit surrounding light rail. Or placing highrises in neighbourhoods where they are completely out of place.
This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Public input is being sought for a study of infill residential development in the mature neighbourhoods of Ottawa.
Two public information sessions are being held as part of the Low-Rise Infill Housing Study, Stage II. One session will be held Monday at the Nepean Sportsplex and another will be held Wednesday at the Carleton Heights Community Centre.
Bulldog Ottawa is pro-development. Really good appropriate development.
Bulldog Ottawa is pro-development.
That sound you hear now is a number of builders in town choking on their coffee.
The impression in the development industry is that Bulldog Ottawa is against development. Not true. We’re against bad development.
The potential purchase of the Domtar lands by Windmill Developments below the Chaudière Falls might turn out to be a great outcome.
But that will only be the case if the developer shows respect for the history and cultural tradition, especially First Peoples, that resides at the site. And there must be much public land to bring visitors to see the majestic falls that have been Ottawa’s best-kept secret for so many years.
This would be Bulldog Ottawa commenter KINGDICK’s concept of progress: the 19th-century garden at Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent being built upon.
Former prominent local politician KINGDICK doesn’t really understand the concept of progress.
But before I respond to what he has to say, let’s give KINGDICK his place in the sun. This is a comment he made on Bulldog Ottawa:
This is an email from avid Bulldog Ottawa reader Chris concerning a development in Kitchissippi:
Read about a potential development on Richmond Road where Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs is now saying that the four-year-old CDP is outdated.
It takes two years and in most cases more to get a CDP up, running and completed. Also, they speak of the Richmond Road CDP as though it was not approved as a Secondary Plan.