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Mizrahi Project: What The Hell Is That Thing?


The Parliamentary district comes to Wellington Village in this new incarnation of a Mizrahi development.

“Post-modernist architecture is like putting a funny hat on a dog.”

Years ago at the Winnipeg Free Press reporter Doug Whiteway was on my staff. Whiteway was a brilliant writer and a joy with whom to work.

Only Whiteway could make a feature on post-modernist architecture interesting. The quote above is from that feature.

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Tinkering With Westfest Has A Risk

Sports has an adage that transfers to many other fields … such as business.

Never change a winning game.

The Westboro Business Improvement Area should heed that caution with Westfest.

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Katherine Hobbs Park Finds Tenants



Winston Square on Richmond Road in Westboro (at the end of dead-end Winston Street) has some unexpected tenants.

The 1,600-square-foot concrete sort of park … about the size of a three-bedroom home in Orleans … cost $420,000 … a lot more than a three-bedroom home in Orleans.

And for this, Ottawans got a lot of concrete, some flags, some kind of benches and some walls to grow vines. Couldn’t we have just got a house? You know, for the homeless?

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Three Great Planning Strikes

cityhallsmallWhat neighbourhoods have been under the scrutiny of Ottawa’s planning department most.

This is no scientific tally but your agent would say probably Lansdowne (and the Glebe around it), Little Italy and the old west end.

Which areas are experiencing traffic problems recently?

Why Lansdowne, Little Italy and the old west end.

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Westboro No More



Now in this post, your agent is using Westboro in the broadest sense … perhaps correctly meaning the old west end but much more recognizable as Westboro to people from Orleans or Barrhaven. So stand down Hintonburgers.

Why does Westboro keep being abused?

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Current Condition Of Convent Garden


The view of Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent in Westboro from Byron Avenue.

The photo above shows the current condition of Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent in Westboro.

The photo shows that the 19-century garden once used by the nuns there to grow food and contemplate the site now is a barren gravelled lot. Appears to be being used as a parking lot.

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Where Did The Westboro Convent Go?

conventLes Soeurs de la Visitation convent is lurking behind a soon-to-be-completed condo.

The contentious Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent on Richmond Road in Westboro has rather close quarters.

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Stop Whining, Bulldog: Tweep

Well I’m outraged. So too is the Dawg Pack.

You see Twitter Tweep good_robyn says it is time for Ken Gray and his fellow whiners to start their chorus after the Citizen ran a story about the Ashcroft temporary lane way across Byron linear park in Westboro.

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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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Hobbs Touts Light-Rail Detour Change

Hobbs from her Twitter site

Hobbs from her Twitter site

Oh lookie here.

What would be a holiday weekend in Ottawa be when absolutely no one is home (‘cept The Bulldog and a few shut-ins) without an emailed newsletter from the God, queen and empress of Kitchissippi Katie Hobbs.

Hello again, councillor.

While those of us who’ve been following the political scene since Napoleon crowned himself the grand fromage in France, sending out an email on one of the quietest days of the year might appear unwise. But not to our Katie. She’s using some highly sophisticated political strategy that is, as yet, uncharted. Our Kate, pushing the political envelope yet again … in an election year to boot.

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Little Italy Gets Farce Traffic Study

The City of Ottawa will conduct a traffic study of the Preston-Carling area in Little Italy.

However, The Bulldog will save taxpayers, politicians, city staff and sorry, even consultants, some time.

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Little Italy: Planning As Usual


The character of Little Italy is disappearing as the area gentrifies.

Little Italy has a lot in common with Westboro.

In Westboro, the city laid down wide pink sidewalks and allowed out-of-control intensification so that rents just skyrocketed. Mom-and-pop stores with character couldn’t afford the high rents associated with the heavy traffic created by intensification, so they moved or disappeared.

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Where Are Next Light-Rail Detours?

This avid Bulldog reader says it’s time for the City of Ottawa to declare where the detours will be set up for western LRT. Can’t be too early:

Hello Bulldog.

I hope this sounds a little conspiratorial–I really do. But I can’t help thinking there’s a long game being played out with this decision. Namely, the City’s yet-to-be-announced plans for Transitway detours during Tunney’s to Baseline LRT construction.

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Stop The Attack On Our Neighbourhoods

This is a comment to Bulldog Ottawa from a Facebook friend:

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Hobbs Post Generates Fierce Debate



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:

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Hobbs Has Westboro Rising



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.

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Hobbs And The Spirit Of Taking



Who would have thought Bulldog Ottawa was on Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs’ Christmas card list, but it is the season of miracles.

Ms. Hobbs fired along her electronic card to the humble Bulldog along with a list of her accomplishments in an effort to take your vote Kitchissippians come October next year. So much for giving.

Here’s the evidence (and aren’t you glad you tuned in today with all this coverage of Ottawa’s most … ah … interesting … yeah, that’s it … interesting … councillor):

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Drab, Dreary Westboro

This is a comment from frequent Bulldog contributor Randy Gordon that’s worth giving bigger play:

I do agree that this City has taken and allowed the wrong approach on intensification. A perfect example is the wall of shadows that Ashcroft has created along Wellington near Island Park. It is just plain ugly and how the City allowed this is beyond reasoning. The Convent had the potential of being a beautiful site but instead it is walled in and hidden by just plain ugly design.

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Westboro Village As Sparks Street


Outdoor Westboro shopping faces competition from indoor Bayshore Shopping Centre.

Some media estimates have pegged the cost of the huge renovation of Bayshore Shopping Centre at $150 million.

That’s bound to attract curious retailers and shoppers. The mall has said it wants middle-class to upper-middle class people to come to the spectacular new building.

But where are those shoppers now? Westboro Village.

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Extremified Old West End: Bulldog On CFRA

cfraRon Corbett, filling in for Afternoon Edition’s Rob Snow, discusses intensification in the old west end and the Scott Street Community Design Plan with Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray.

Gray and Corbett also talk about congested traffic in the area on CFRA with the coming of many new high-rises.

The podcast player for the broadcast is below:

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Westboro Faces Huge Challenges

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Construction is a constant in Westboro.

Six years ago, I wrote a column in the Ottawa Citizen entitled, “Why Westboro Works.”

Some of what was written there holds true. Certainly other people have gravitated to the area and the Wellington-Richmond strip has become one of the premiere shopping areas in Ottawa.

But it faces challenges that threaten its well-being, many of them stemming from its own overwhelming success. Increasingly, the old west end is becoming a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

It’s why neighbourhoods rise and decline in cycles.

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Scott Street Extremified



Here’s a notice of a meeting on the future of Wellington Village from Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs.

If you really want to see what’s happening in the area, click here:

Dear Neighbours in Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Wellington Village and Champlain Park,

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Hyper-Aggressive West-End Driving


Drivers have been holding target practice on pedestrians in the old west end this summer. Fortunately for the most part, their aim has been bad.

Now here’s an unintended consequence of extremification.

Traffic has become so gridlocked at times along the Wellington-Richmond corridor that drivers in the old west end are becoming hyper-aggressive. You’ll remember a couple of years ago that the sidewalks were widened and landscaped to encourage foot traffic. That foot traffic has come.

In recent weeks, I’ve seen five incidents involving pedestrians and cars including one man who was hit by a vehicle. The man was unhurt, surprisingly.

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KINGDICK Fails To Understand Ottawa

westboro convent

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:

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No NIMBYs In Westboro, Reader Says

This is a letter from a Bulldog Ottawa reader concerning western light rail and related issues.

I am a resident of Westboro and wish to comment on the view held in some quarters that this community suffers from NYMBYism and that for the general good of Ottawa, it should accept without further ado the latest LRT proposal through park land on the John A. Macdonald Parkway.

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