More people want to live in walkable neighbourhoods, which our Planning Gods have decided in their wisdom to keep in limited supply. Housing suppliers can be tempted to “game” the rules that no longer reflect reality, in order to meet popular demand. … Continue reading Planning Games
SO, the City is considering five separate road underpasses or overpasses in the area where Woodroffe makes it out to Barrhaven. Initial costs are $430 million dollars. An admittedly very preliminary guesstimate. Not including the cost of construction detours, moving … Continue reading About those Barrhaven underpasses …
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
Cyclists and pedestrians that use the ever-more-popular Trillium pathway have enjoyed experienced many detours and perambulations over the last two years. Probably most frustrating has been the circuitous routings for those trying to get to or from the Ottawa River … Continue reading Trillium pathway to River to reopen
Bureaucracies are wonderful machines for obfuscating responsibility. Even the simplest, most mundane task is endlessly parsed into hundreds of discrete tasks and assigned to a variety of people … staff, consultants, and “public opinion” and politicians. When something goes wrong, … Continue reading Who is responsible for bad street design?
A number of interesting changes and opportunities for west side bus routes are coming up in the next few years. Let’s play the bus route planning game! The official plans: To “encourage” people to use the new Confederation Line, and … Continue reading The bus route planning game
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?