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Eek! Parking At Lansdowne

The quiet song above by Chris de Burgh is in contrast to the difficulties concert-goer Elina Olsen had trying to find a parking space at Lansdowne to see the show.

Many critics of Lansdowne during its planning stages said it would be a nightmare to get to the development.

Already busy streets, limited parking and no mass transit line nearby.

Here is one woman’s experience:

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Is The Glebe A Tourist Area?

The Glebe Business Improvement Area would like to see its neighbourhood declared a tourist area so that stores and the like can stay open on statutory holidays.

Is the Glebe a tourist area? It’s arguable but not really.

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When Does Public Get Wise To Watson?



This is a comment from the great Bulldog contributor Sheridan.

He is responding to the post: Surprise! Parking Problems At Lansdowne:

“So all of this has come to pass.”

But let us be clear that this was not through ignorance. Indeed, if anyone knew that traffic/parking would be an issue at Lansdowne, it was Mayor Jim Watson, who used to be a councillor for the Capital ward, as well as being a former Mayor of Ottawa (pre-amalgamation).

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Obey The Law, Whole Foods

QUOTABLENepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod certainly got this one correct.

MacLeod is speaking about the decision of Whole Foods in the Glebe to open on Good Friday.

“As Ontarians we don’t get to pick and choose which laws we obey. Over the years I have heard from many law-abiding retailers who are concerned with companies like Whole Foods who thumb their nose at the rules and by extension the Legislature, in essence creating an unlevel playing field.”

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Stand Up For The Glebe, Jim Watson



Is this what Mayor Jim Watson and the people behind Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group envisaged when they opened and re-opened the various amusements at the former Lansdowne Park?

Were they blind to the fact that residents of the Glebe saw all this coming? They had lived through the Rough Rider years, after all.

Now residents of neighbourhoods surrounding Lansdowne are being assaulted by people peeing on their back fences and exposing themselves. Vomit is on the sidewalks or elsewhere.

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Get Over It On Lansdowne: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA’s Rob Snow and The Bulldog’s Ken Gray debate what residents of the Glebe should expect on RedBlack football game days.

To listen to a broadcast of the show, click on the podcast below:

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Lansdowne: It’s Not Watson’s Project



Might there be an election coming?

Mayor Jim Watson has been milking Lansdowne for votes for some time now. Updates on the stadium, this opening, that opening. Watson, never known for turning down a photo shoot, has been all over Lansdowne in the PR sense, even by his voluminous standards.

Now Watson is joined by two councillors on this vote gravy train in a grip-and-grin event today.

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Lansdowne Traffic: Worth Repeating

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The problem with taking the bus to Lansdowne is that those vehicles are caught in the same traffic that drivers try to avoid by taking public transit.

Now that part of Lansdowne Park is about to open, the words of Capital Councillor David Chernushenko ring true.

Of course we’ve known about the transit-challenged Glebe area for years but Ottawa went ahead to build a park, shopping centre, high-rises and refurbish the stadium. All will add more traffic:

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Give Us City Hall Leadership


Mayor Jim Watson’s term has been marked by many administrative errors.

Frequent Bulldog commenter and community activist Ron Benn serves up this very interesting comment on the breakdown in municipal administration:

Mayor Jim Watson’s most notable achievement in the 3 or years years that he has occupied the mayor’s chair is that he brought harmony to council.

No more long drawn out public ramblings by discontented councillors, no councillors sniping at each other in public. To paraphrase his comments of a year ago, we don’t have a gong show like in Toronto. The negative side of this outcome is that there are no meaningful discussions at committee and council meetings.

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Glebe Readies For Redblacks

This is a release from the Glebe BIA:

Glebe merchants are prepared to greet thousands of fans heading their way on July 18 for the Redblacks home opener. The Glebe BIA is planning a big welcome as they animate the street with entertainment, music and super fans to create the ultimate fan experience.

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Ottawans Must Demand Better Government

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Too many things are going wrong at Ottawa City Hall.

The $8-million fiasco that is the result of the green-bin audit is part of a dreadful series of mistakes at Ottawa City Hall that is an embarrassment for public servants, politicians and taxpayers themselves.

Missing paperwork and misinformation on the organics program sent the way of council is completely inappropriate but something is much worse than this mess. That is bad and sometimes multi-million-dollar screwups are becoming the norm at city hall.

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Watson’s Management Of The News

Here’s how you distract the media from the horrid audit of the Orgaworld contract.

Take a bus-full of media to Lansdowne to open the stade. That means fewer media covering the green-bin train wreck and a good-news story to offset the bad-news story coming out Wednesday at city hall.

Bet the bus is full.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Lansdowne Retail Mix Not Developers’ Fault

This is a City of Ottawa video on construction at Lansdowne Park last year.

Developers are not in the business of charity. They’re in the business of making money.

That’s what they do naturally. Birds chirp, fish swim, developers develop.

So if the city gives some developers a break on building heights, all developers will expect a break on building heights. That’s why the number of storeys on buildings in Ottawa resembles a bidding war rather than planning.

And if you allow tall condos to be built beside single-family homes … even on commercial ribbons that abut residential areas … developers will do it. Because most are not in the business of protecting neighbourhoods or creating brilliant urban milieus, their MO is making money. Nothing wrong with that. But that’s all.

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Lansdowne Prepares To Open

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) received a presentation and update on the opening and operation plans for the revitalized Lansdowne from City staff and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

“The vision that has guided the design and construction at Lansdowne is solidly based on the values we put at the core of developing our city – sustainable, connected, accessible and healthy communities that protect and foster our local heritage and culture,” said Mayor Watson. “I am excited to welcome residents to Lansdowne, and together discover all that the new site has to offer, beginning this summer and for many years to come.”

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Lansdowne A Flop As Stadium Site: POLL

Recent discussions in Ottawa concerning parking for football games at TD Place stadium prompted our poll asking if Lansdowne was the correct location for such a large venue.

Well the votes are in: According to Bulldog readers, Lansdowne is an inappropriate site for a large stadium by a tally of 53 per cent to 43. Perhaps the split and close vote show why the Lansdowne question so divided the community and caused such extreme reactions both pro and con.

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Tweep Backs Bulldog On New LRT Route

The Bulldog has been touting a new rail route from the Lees or Hurdman light-rail stations that would require short tunnels to access the transit-challenged Lansdowne and Glebe areas.

This Twitter tweep agrees:

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VOTE: Should Lansdowne Have A Stadium?

Where Lansdowne Park construction stood last month.

This week Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group has been warning fans going to Ottawa Redblacks games to use shuttles from distant parking lots to get to TD Place.

Is Lansdowne Park the right place for a stadium? Is the transportation system adequate to get people to and from games? Is there enough public transit? Now you can express your opinion in another Bulldog Poll.

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The Lansdowne Shuttle: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraPierre Bourque fills in for Rob Snow on the CFRA Afternoon Edition Bulldog segment this week.

Bourque talks with The Bulldog’s Ken Gray about the traffic and parking situation surrounding Lansdowne Park. Gray wonders why the discussion about traffic problems at the Glebe location before the project began came mostly from opponents of the project.

Now Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is imploring football fans to take transit or shuttles from far off parking lots.

To listen to the Bulldog on CFRA, click on the podcast player below:

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Lansdowne Parking Woes Just Tip Of The Iceburg

redblacksSo we’ve been getting assurances from Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the City of Ottawa (at least nominally run by Mayor Jim Watson) and city planners for years that traffic can be handled at the crowded downtown location for the new TD Place stadium in the Glebe.

Except that tens of millions of dollars later and after all those calming words, OSEG is imploring fans to not bring their cars to the game. There’s no place to park. This in one of the most car-oriented municipalities in Canada.

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Get Light Rail To Lansdowne

Ottawa’s light-rail line: A spur from the current route under construction could serve Lansdowne Park and the Glebe.

If the folks at Ottawa Sports and Entertainment really want to solve some of the transportation problems of getting tens of thousands of people to an Ottawa Redblacks game, they need to lobby city hall to serve the site with light rail.

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Fifth Avenue Construction Begins

This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

Significant work starts this week for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Fifth Avenue to improve the safety and comfort level of pedestrians and cyclists using this crossing point.

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BIAs Offer Tulip Shuttle Service

This is a release from the Glebe Business Improvement Area:

The Glebe BIA, in partnership with the Preston Street BIA and the Tulip Festival, will be offering a free, hop-on hop-off shuttle service from May 9 – 19.

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Here’s Where Lansdowne Stands

This is an internal update on the progress of the Lansdowne development sent to councillors and the mayor:

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Lansdowne Future In Question: Reader

Here’s a prediction on the future of Lansdowne Park from Bulldog reader Robert Roberts in an email:

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Mass Transit To Glebe, Lansdowne

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One way of solving some of the transportation woes of the Glebe and Lansdowne would be to build a tunnel from the Riverside Transitway station under the Rideau River and the Canal to Lansdowne Park.

A few weeks ago, Bulldog Ottawa was talking to a person who really knows mass transit, traffic, bus ways and light rail.

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