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.