Some links

A few interesting links\reads I’ve found over the past couple of days.

First, a discussion over on Spacing Toronto about the urbanization of Mississauga. We don’t have anything even close to this phenomenon going on in Ottawa right now due to the way the development patterns of this city currently stand, but there’s a chance it could be in our future if we begin setting serious targets about creating a denser city. After all, Westboro is already home to the third-tallest building in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Next, over at Greater Ottawa, David Reevely gives a rundown on how Scotiabank Place came to be built where it is. It’s interesting for me, as someone who was not in Ottawa at the time (nor was I old enough to pay attention to the news, if I was), and in a weird sort of way it almost makes sense. Of course, it’s now even more obvious that the overall plan for the area has been a failure, even though the Senators have managed to do well for themselves. As the debate over whether we should invest in an MLS stadium in Kanata or a revitalized CFL stadium at Lansdowne Park heats back up, it becomes even more important for us to look at what went into the decision to develop out in Kanata in the first place and critically analyze its impact on the city. I think anyone that reads this blog regularly has probably picked up on my opinion by now, and I’m glad that Ottawans seem to be coming out much more in favour of refurbished Frank Clair Stadium rather than a white elephant in the suburbs.

Finally, there’s a new blog over at the Ottawa Citizen called Designing Ottawa by Maria Cook. It looks to be all about urban design within the city, both building interiors and exteriors, as well as our streetscapes and landscapes. There are already a number of interesting posts up about the new Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat building on Sussex and the Sir John Carling Building at the Central Experimental Farm. The latter I find particularly interesting, as she creates a fairly impassioned argument for the building to be saved from demolition and given heritage status. A tough position to take, considering the building is not exactly beautifuly in the conventional sense, but it certainly has its merits.

3 Responses to “Some links”

  1. February 16, 2009 at 1:18 am

    i’ve been in the Sir John Carling building and its a friggin craphole. and i’m pretty sure it is full of asbestos, no? i mean there’s a reason the occupants of that building are moving to a brand new building, no? rip it down!

  2. February 17, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Some random comments: thanks for the “Designing Ottawa” link! I didn’t know the Citizen had such a blog going.

    I was around for the whole fight with Queen’s Park over building the Palladium/Corel Centre/whatever Scotiabank paid to have it called nowadays in the first place. I still wish they’d went with LeBreton Flats.

    As for the whole MLS/CFL mess, I’m with those calling for all of it to be hosted at Lansdowne Park, and leave the Ottawa 67’s alive as well while we’re at it. I don’t think anyone’s interested in losing that team, regardless of whether or not Mr. Melnyk can bring in a replacement team from elsewhere in the OHL.

    (Plus, there’s the whole “sprawl prevention/containment” argument that still needs addressing.)

  3. 3 Ed Bebee
    March 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    You might be interested in the coming debate? development? or whatever, surrounding development pressures on the Rideau Corridor. More information at my blog

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