Every place offers new twists and variations on urban design. My fall visit to Burlington revealed some interesting ones that were not on Church Street Marketplace. (see the previous series a week or so ago on Burlington, this completes that series)
One of the streets dead-ended at the lake. It terminated in a traffic circle. A mini-traffic circle. Can you imagine Ottawa’s engineers designing something so tight you couldn’t drive a 53′ tractor trailer around it at 50kmh??
At the lakefront park, they had park benches mounted as swings. They looked glorious. They looked fun. But I dunno how well they worked, because while we hung around for a half hour, no one vacated their swing.
Also at the park, we saw people actually having fun. You know, enjoying themselves. Actively. And not just doing tonsil inspections. This young lady has installed a tight rope between trees and practiced stunts on it.
Can you imagine the reaction of a Ottawa by-law officer or NCC conservation officer: Do you have a permit? Where is your safety mat? Where is your helmet? You know, you could get hurt if you fall down (and might sue us). Where is your crowd control persons to keep bystanders safe?
Ma’m, Ma’m, you have a dog there ! It’s NOT on a leash! It might run around! You should take him to the official off-leash dog park zone 26 blocks away! Ma’m, get off that rope and talk to me! Pay attention ! This is a park for christ-sakes !
With much rumbling and roaring, a freight train passed by on the edge of the park. Everyone stopped to watch it. Children (and some adults, the self-confident ones) waved. The engineer tooted and revved his engine. Dogs barked. No need for a multi-million dollar railway relocation scheme putting the tracks into a deep ditch. Spend your (our) money on something more immediately useful.