Westboro Farmers Market Paid LRT Dividends


The residents of Highland Park and Westboro have won a victory using a unique strategy to keep light rail from their homes and save a park.

The Byron Linear Tramway Park was threatened by a proposed main line of the new LRT Phase 2. But residents got together to put a farmers’ and craft market smack dab in the way of the planned line.

It gave the park a use beyond being a popular dog walk and bike path.

Of course, the LRT should never have been considered for there. Carling Avenue was the right spot but transit oriented development would produce more revenue for developers and the city through Westboro and Highland Park.

Good on the residents. An innovative strategy paid dividends.



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8 thoughts on “Westboro Farmers Market Paid LRT Dividends

  1. They may have kept the actual train from rolling down the tramway but they can look forward to developer’s cranes arriving in their neighbourhood as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) arrives on their streets. Any location within ‘walking distance’ (600 metres) of a transit station is subject to high-density development under Ottawa’s TOD Guidelines which you’ll find at:

    Number 1 of the 56 Guidelines says:
    “Provide transit supportive land uses within a 600 metre walking distance of a rapid transit stop or station. Transit-supportive land uses encourage transit use and transportation network efficiency as they:
    • Establish high residential and/or employee densities
    • Create travel outside of the am/pm peak periods
    • Promote reverse-flow travel
    • Attract and generate pedestrian and cycling traffic
    • Provide extended hours of activity, throughout the day and week.
    Examples of transit-supportive land uses include: townhouses; apartments; child care facilities; hotels; medical clinics; restaurants; affordable housing; libraries; recreational and cultural facilities; fitness clubs; movie theatres; call centres; offices; high schools and post secondary institutions.”

    If you draw a circle out 600 metres from each station, you’ll see the potential target zone for developers to bring intensive, multi-storey construction into the area along the Byron Linear Park. That would start at Dominion Station and go to at least the New Orchard Station. The plan is to move the Lincoln Fields Station east of its current location but I don’t know if that would put it within 600 metres of the Park. Those 1200 metre diameter circles will cover a lot of area along the LRT path through the community.

    1. The Voter:

      And that’s why I’ve been calling it Transit Oriented Deception.

      This isn’t so much a train as a way to destroy old neighbourhoods through allowing high rises where they have never been allowed before.

      And I believe the reason the line is going through the Macdonald Parkway and along Richmond is so that developers (and the city) can garner huge amounts of revenue building condos along the western line.

      Put it down Carling and the condo prices are lower because of the big commercial developments already there.

      That’s why the city fought so hard against Carling with horrible reasons for the decision.

      Councillors such as Jeff Leiper and Mark Taylor should have fought this tooth and nail but instead don’t even discuss the issue.

      They will fight when it is too late and then say I did everything I could but I couldn’t win. Well they’ve already lost the fight through their silence.

      Goodbye Westboro, Wellington Village and the communities running west along the line.

      Can you think of another reason why the city turned down Carling?

      I can’t.



        1. Dave:

          Don’t know if you’ve been to Westboro lately but it has done much, much, much more than its share of redevelopment.



      1. Ken,
        You’re absolutely right. Perhaps we should study the election expense statements for 2014 and 2018 of these councillors who are serving up their communities to the developers.
        Very clever move to get the Woodpark residents focusing on a couple of elm trees in the park along Byron when they should be measuring the distance from their front doors to the transit station to see how high the buildings on their block are going to be 10 years from now.
        If they read the guidelines carefully, they’ll see “Promote reverse-flow travel” which means that the 600-metre zone will be the site of office buildings so that people from downtown will come to work there and go home to their Rideau Street condo at night. They may even get a call centre.

    2. Good. Neighbourhoods around mass-transit stations should be intensified. No neighbourhood should be immune from evolution over time.

      1. Dave,
        Could you explain this, please?
        The question is whether this is evolution or the meteors hitting the City and obliterating whole swathes of existing communities. Evolution is supposed to bring improvements, not destruction.


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