An interesting development in the old west end this week. Sam and Micki Mizrahi of Mizrahi Developments called in Mayor Jim Watson Tuesday to declare Westboro the city’s best neighbourhood. Did you hear that the rest of trendy Ottawa? The mayor thinks Westboro is the best neighbourhood in Ottawa … not yours. And so where else would you hold a celebration of Westboro? Why the little band-box advertising the hyper-trendy Mizrahi condo at 1451 Wellington Street West. Just one problem. The Mizrahi high-rise is in Wellington West, not Westboro. Westboro is just across Island Park Drive from the Mizrahi condo. Guess Ottawa’s best neighbourhood didn’t have a spot to hold a celebration honouring it as the city’s best neighbourhood. You’d think the city’s best neighbourhood would have a kind of facility that could host a celebration of itself. Bet The Glebe would have found a place in The Glebe. And what happened to Watson’s sense of geography? Overtaken by a photo op? … Years ago I wrote a Citizen story which put a Hintonburg business in Wellington West. I heard no end of complaints from the Hintonburgois. People know their unofficial boundaries of communities in the old west end … Watson has been running around city hall saying councillors should have caught the fact that the removed table limit for gambling at the Hard Rock Casino in a recent past ruling. He’s right. But then if staff and the mayor knew about the removed limit, they should have mentioned it …
Well lookie here. There’s Mayor Jim Watson at a photo op. When has that ever happened before?
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