What is The Ottawa Project? Well, it’s an idea I’ve had for some time, now. I’ve always been fascinated by cities, and I think that Ottawa is terrificly underrated when people think of Canada’s urban areas. Ottawa is seen as a stuffy, bureaucratic, frozen government town where nothing much of anything goes on, but this isn’t the reality. Ottawa is a vibrant, exciting and growing city, and there’s much more to it than just Parliament, museums and government offices. While the city naturally has it’s own problems and issues, as any city, major or minor, does, the positive elements are often overlooked.

My goal with this blog is to showcase Ottawa through phototours and posting about lesser known aspects of the city. I also plan on commenting on news and issues affecting the city, especially pertaining to public transit, as that is of particular interest to me.

I hope you enjoy The Ottawa Project!

9 Responses to “About”

  1. March 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Many thanks for this. I’ve friendlisted this blog at my LiveJournal account!

  2. 2 Paul Williams
    January 9, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    David, a very interesting site indeed – lots of food for thought and some great historical details. Would you consider coming to talk to my class at CU? Can we chat?

  3. 3 David McClelland
    February 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Just wanted to say hi to a person who shares my name!

    – David McClelland (Houston, TX)

  4. March 6, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Hi! Great blog. I’m from the other side of the river. I’d be interested in getting your opinion on a recent blog posting I placed on the perception I think many Ottawans have of life in Gatineau. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://tinyurl.com/d65s59

  5. March 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Great idea. I’ll be checking in often.

  6. April 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm


    I have come across your blog, from following your posts I believe you would be interested to know that Malcolm Gladwell, hosted by the United Way | Centraide Ottawa, is coming to Ottawa on June 11, 4-5 pm at the National Arts Centre. His ideas and creative solutions featured in his three best-selling books, “The Tipping Point”,” Blink” and “Outliers -The Story of Success,” have made a vast impact on the business world and his strategies can be adapted for any line of work. Malcolm Gladwell is someone that I think your readers would like to know about and they might like to attend this event too. You and others can register for this event at http://www.unitedwayottawa.ca. There are packages and a limited number of individual tickets for sale right now.

  7. 7 Ian
    April 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi David,

    Interesting blog and some insightful posts. Will be sure to drop by again.

    Ian Graham

  8. 8 Alexandre
    May 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Do not publish please.

    I just want you to know that urbanottawa.net is now working.

    since you have an English web site, it would be better if you could replace OttawaUrbain for UrbanOttawa and link it to http://www.urbanottawa.net.

    Many thanks!
    We share the same view on a lot of stuff!

  9. 9 Gillian
    March 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Thanks for publishing this blog. As a new resident of the city I am relieved to see that there are other thinking people living here who have something other to say about Ottawa than the tourist brochures. Have you ever considered organizing in-person community meetings to discuss some of these issues?

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