“If all of a sudden, midway through the biggest city building project in the city’s history, if we change direction and companies, we set back the schedule and we wouldn’t save the dollars as we’ve been told by our professional staff and we wouldn’t see the continuation of efficiency with the project.”
During the 2010 Ottawa mayoral election, Clive Doucet presented an extensive plan for a downtown surface LRT route which would have extended along Carling.
It was less expensive (no tunnel or expensive stations), could be constructed more quickly, and was the most “sustainable” route (according to his research).
This one deserved better play so it is here. He looks at the long line of city missteps … particular in the field of P3.
Over to you, Sheridan:
This is another P3 that takes money away from a different city project; the last one being the Lansdowne P3 which captured the money that had been targeted for a new main-branch Ottawa Public Library in 2009.
Nothing says welcome like a children’s splash pad with security guards and signs that say stay off the art work … which is in the splash pad at Lansdowne Park.
This looks like a combination of extravagance (the two installations of Vancouverite Jill Anholt’s work at Lansdowne cost $4 million), incompetence (why put a sculpture which might have safety concerns in the middle of a splash pad) and bad planning (see the two previous points).
Your agent visited the new Lansdowne last week and it was … different.
I hardly know where to start. Perhaps the stadium which is half-good.
The old part of the stadium, the one facing the shopping plaza, has never been very pretty. It didn’t get much prettier with the renovation. And the ice rink beneath the stands is one of the oddest venues anywhere … big seating on one side, very little on the other which would make sense if you are constructing an arena under football stands which they were.
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).
I don’t believe that the city should ever enter into such complex, waterfall contracts.
One might even question whether P3 contracts have ever been beneficial to the taxpayer. But certainly one would have expected former mayor Larry O’Brien (who was a long-time businessman) and Kent Kirkpatrick, the city manager, to have understood the terms of this waterfall contract.
Councillor (Deputy Mayor) Bob Monette stated that he was concerned about a lack of on-site parking during some Ottawa 67’s games this season, and frustrated over game day traffic jams on Bank Street. Parking cars on the stadium field would “solve your 67’s issue.”
“(The passengers) were pretty agitated . . . . There were some girls crying. They were pretty upset.”
Charlie Farquharson, aka the late Don Harron, from the Hee Haw television program.
The mighty Sheridan, commenter extraordinaire, brings us the late actor-writer Don Harron’s Charlie Farquharson who gives a bit of a travelogue on visiting the redeveloped Lansdowne for the first time.
This is brilliant. Thank you, Sheridan:
The report was sent to The Bulldog by the NCC.
In it, the city says there were: “Severe operational and potential safety constraints of combined shuttle and bus service on Bank Street” on major event days at Lansdowne.
Please click on the highlighted words below to read the city presentation to the NCC on traffic at Lansdowne on major event days:
Kristmanson floated the trial balloon that the NCC would soon be making a major announcement on the future of LeBreton Flats. As well, he talked of a major component of the project coming from the private sector.
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.
Ah yes. Football and beer. A classic match.
Except that even the best bladders cannot not withstand the onslaught of much malted beverage without exceeding their bladder PSI … emphasize the pee.
So homeowners in the Glebe neighbourhood near TD Place at Lansdowne are experiencing the rare joys of excessive bladder PSI. Revellers to the new RedBlack football games are deciding in their beery way to empty their bladders on Glebe properties.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.