It is universally acknowledged in real estate circles that walkable neighbourhoods are worth more than the same houses in unwalkable neighbourhoods. Pity the poor folks in unwalkable neighbourhoods. Many no doubt wanted to live in Westboro or the Glebe, but … Continue reading A modest proposal for a walkable city tax, Paris edition
With the recent spate of loser attacks on civilian populations in Germany, at a Christmas Market; France on NY Eve; or Manchester’s teeny bopper concert; or New York’s Broadway; or a tour bus in Egypt … I found myself looking … Continue reading Making Ottawa safe for whom?
As a city, we lack much experience integrating medical facilities and transit. The old Civic bus stops are way out on Carling Avenue, definitely not designed for user convenience, and co-located with year-round curbside puddles and offering free salt washes all … Continue reading A new Civic and that Trillium Connection
While people refer to the new hospital as a “building”, I think that is just convenient shorthand. It’s more likely to be a series of buildings, built over many years. The new hospital needs an organizing system, a spine. I … Continue reading Hospital Design as anatomy
Sometimes corrugated metal can be applied to a house and look good. It requires skill. My eye was caught by this house in the civic hospital neighbourhood. It has the very traditional 1900 shape of two and half stories. The … Continue reading Update on a traditional shape
Down in the Big Apple, the City has completed the pedestrianization of the southern half of Times Square 2.0. The more famous northern half was already done and got world wide publicity. Predictions of carmageddon, as usual, did not materialize. … Continue reading Ottawa Thinking gives us Elgin 1.2
An amazing number of infills, new apartments, and other buildings in Ottawa have been using limestone. The modern era version of this popularity seems to date to the last 15 years. I wonder if it is orchestrated (by who?) or … Continue reading Throwing Limestones