These were participants in the 10k Ottawa Race Weekend.
Laurier Avenue West has been repaved from Bronson east to Bay Street. Curbs are in place to mark out the new separated bike lane. Blue reflective pylons periodically mark the curb line.
There is no signage yet in place, or pavement markings.
The section east from Bay to Elgin has not yet been started.
My wife and kids already know I’m weird. No doubt many readers have come to that suspicion as well.
The catch basin in the centre of the above picture makes me happy because … it is located on the future curb line. The sidewalk will be much wider. Life will be better for pedestrians. Crossing the street will be safer. The sidewalk will have three trees in it, which will shade the buildings and make eating more pleasant inside May’s Restaurant.
Bridgehead will be opening their Preston location in the fall. While the building faces Preston, their entrance will be just around the corner, off Anderson, approximately where the Preston&Leif Glass doors are now.
Above: view of building along Preston St
Above: view along Anderson Street. The boulevard along the sidewalk will be much improved and landscaped, and will include a patio.
Bridgehead is proposing some major renovations to the building façade, closing up some doors, opening new ones, extending openings the full height. The mis-matched brick, which apparently is not original to the building, will be reclad in new material.
The coffee shop will be face Anderson; the interior of it will be open to the coffee roasting operation and warehouse beyond. Here is what the gutted but as yet unimproved interior space looks like:
Cornerstone is a sheltered housing building on Booth Street near Somerset. They had their official opening and tours on Wednesday. If you couldn’t be there, here are some shots of what’s outside and inside the building.
I am really pleased with the exterior façade of the building. Streets like Booth are perched on the verge of going downhill (witness Cousin Eddy’s garage empty lots/burned out house, just down the street) or gentrifying (witness Z6 condos, Cornerstone, and a new condo going up at the corner of Booth/Somerset). A quality exterior, superior landscaping, eyes on the street, diversity of people, make for a better neighborhood.
Inside, there are common spaces:
There are 40 apartments in the building. Some are for seniors. All units have HUGE windows which make the rooms seem even bigger. The blinds are not installed yet; there will be a filtering roller blind and blackout roller blind.
Cornerstone is a great physical and social asset for the west side neighborhood.
While out for an after-dinner stroll, I came across this woody knoll of trilliums.
I was fortunate to stumble on them at the height of their blooming glory.
The well-worn path indicates many others have been here before me. There were a few little pot holes too, indicating gardeners have been here to try to take some plants home.
I have three trillium plants in my garden, one I got from a vendor at the Parkdale Market a few years ago. The other two I bought from Artistic Landscape on Bank Street at Johnstone Road (about $7, I think) which has a large bed they propagate their own plants in.
About one in a thousand of the plants in the wood had a red bloom, not to be mistaken for a fading white bloom that developes a pinkish hue as it fades away.
I thought it would be rather easy to Ontarioize Wordsworth’s poem:
I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
- A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
- And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
- Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
- Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
- In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
- In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
- Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
- By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
This mobile home, a real land yacht, might look normal somewhere else, but parked along Preston Street during the tulip festival it looked huge and oddly impressive. In addition to the two side-extending rooms, the luggage bay also expanded. Awning, door mat, what else could be wanted?
Ahh, the “little” runabout on a hydraulic lift, that by itself is very large:
Is this the marriage of a cottage and car? The modern version of gypsy caravan? Suburbia on wheels? Someone’s houseboat with wheels?
And what of our reaction to seeing this … Would we approve or disapprove of this vehicle if it was a houseboat instead of a bus? If the modest dimensions were a landlocked cottage and not on wheels? Does it matter if it is a recreational property or someone’s primary residence?
The whole perception of what is normal, or extravagant, is warped by the wheels.