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Let’s Animate Ottawa: Cohen

The National Capital Commission and Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen would like to “animate” Ottawa’s waterways. Sounds like something Walt Disney might do. Would it go something like the above?  — Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen (otherwise known as the chairman of … Continue reading

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GREAT BIG CITY: Best In Urban, Planning, Design News

Love cities? Can’t get enough of them? Well if you are reading The Bulldog, we have a major focus on cities and that carries on in Great Big City. Great Big City features the latest, cutting-edge information in real-time on … Continue reading

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The Skyscrappers Return

Well lookie who’s back. The icy members of SkyscraperPage.com (or the Skyscrappers as we call them) who actually created a forum on their holy platform where they trashed yours truly, printed lies about your agent and libeled the aforementioned scribbler. … Continue reading

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What Happened To Hume? Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA journalist Pierre Bourque and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss planning committee chairman Peter Hume’s departure from city hall. To hear the broadcast, click on the podcast player below:

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You Built It Hobbs, You Fix It

Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs appears concerned about cut-through traffic in residential areas from main arterial roads. Perhaps Hobbs and city planners should have been concerned about this when they extremified the old west end with huge towers. Traffic problems are … Continue reading

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Downtown Moves Wins Awards

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: Downtown Moves, the plan for how people will move around Ottawa’s downtown core in the future, has won four awards from national, international and regional planning associations.

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Planning In A Municipal Election Year

Why if The Bulldog didn’t know better, he would say it is an election year. So people such as Mayor Jim Watson and planning committee chairman Peter Hume know they might have alienated large portions of the public by having … Continue reading

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Jim Watson On Planning: Whopper Watch

Must be getting close to election time. Mayor Jim Watson is getting planning religion. Suddenly zoning is not a suggestion as I suggested in a Citizen column early in Watson’s reign. Somebody snapped that expression up for a Watson state-of-the-city … Continue reading

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A Rare Victory For Smart Planning

It has been a long time since The Bulldog has been able to write this, but congratulations to planning committee and its chairman Peter Hume. The members voted down a project at Island Park Drive and Wellington Street where the … Continue reading

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Planning Gets Tough In West End: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for Rob Snow, and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss controversial planning issues in Wellington West on The Bulldog segment of the Afternoon Edition. The listen to the podcast of the broadcast, go to the player … Continue reading

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Abolish The Planning Department

A city like Ottawa doesn’t need a planning department. — A friend of mine believes he has developed a sure-fire way of saving the City of Ottawa millions of dollars. Abolish the planning department.

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How To Intensify: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for Afternoon Edition host Rob Snow, discusses the intensification debate in Ottawa with Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray. To listen to the short podcast of the discussion, click on the podcast player below:

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Smart Intensification, Not Extremification

Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent site on Richmond Road was an opportunity to develop the back end of the lot, preserve some green space and repurpose the heritage building. Instead, the convent is buried behind a wall of highrises. … Continue reading

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FCA Unveils Official Plan Workshops

This is a release from Ottawa’s Federation of Citizens’ Associations: Federation of Citizens’ Associations is sponsoring a free interactive work-table to meet other friends and neighbours as well as groups, during the series of Official Information presentations on the newly-proposed draft … Continue reading

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City Releases Infrastructure Plan

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: The City of Ottawa’s draft 2013 Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), designed to support affordable development growth through projects that protect the environment, was tabled today at Planning Committee. The plan charts … Continue reading

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Peter Hume’s Sweet Spot: Whopper Watch

This from Ottawa Magazine on the proposed construction of a large condo at 233 Armstrong St. The magazine is paraphrasing planning committee chairman Peter Hume. The Alta Vista councillor is taking the planning process to an even more absurd level:

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Ottawa’s Transportation Nightmare

You need parking downtown if neighbourhoods there lack proper mass transit and amenities. — Hard to say what fantasyland senior planner Alain Miguelez lives in over at Ottawa City Hall. Miguelez says creating new parking is bad design and bad … Continue reading

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A Tweep Tweets On His Planning Tweet

That @SouthMarch he’s at it again. He’s becoming a major tweep:

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The Problems Of City Planning

There are many reasons why planning in Ottawa simply doesn’t work. This comment from Hintonburg resident Jay Baltz demands better play. To read the Bulldog Ottawa post to which he refers, click here. The only things I would add to … Continue reading

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Peter Hume’s Planning Surprise: Whopper Watch

Alta Vista councillor and planning committee chairman Peter Hume is concerned about residents’ attitudes about city planning. And thus he utters a whopper: “I’m quite distressed to hear that people think the planning department is in the pocket of the … Continue reading

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The Tweeps Tweet At Bulldog Ottawa

Time to catch up on the Twitter discourse on Bulldog Ottawa. We’re out there if you want to follow us. Just click here. Twisted #OTTcity Hal, We’re Not Gonna Take It… Anymore @kengray: bulldogottawa.com/peter-finch-fo… #OTTpoli — SouthMarch Coalition (@SouthMarch) May … Continue reading

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How Smart Growth Becomes Dumb Growth

This is an article from UrbDeZine San Diego showing a lot of bad planning occurs under the title of smart growth. Planners in Ottawa could learn a lot from this if only just in attitude: These days, a lot of … Continue reading

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‘The Whole System Is Wrong’

Your Ottawa City Council at work. This comment from Glebe community activist Bob Brocklebank deserved better play so Bulldog Ottawa is giving it a post of its own. A very thoughtful comment. Thank you, Bob.

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Slumification: Condo Boom Goes Pop

Vancouver’s housing market is weakening. — Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do. That’s a safe bet when you’re dealing the likes of the city planning department, Mayor Jim Watson, planning chairman Peter Hume and Kitchissippi … Continue reading

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Hume Should Move On From Planning

Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume was once a breath of fresh air on the city’s planning committee. But now Hume has been there too long. Once he was developing innovative ideas such as turning old shopping centres into mixed-use communities. … Continue reading

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