The Preston BIA arranges with an exterior decorator to supply storefront, lobby, and window decor on a seasonal basis. This allows businesses that wouldn’t normally fuss about window decor to have professionally done seasonal displays. It also spruces up the whole street. The abundant and lush display above evokes the right mix of fall colours with an Italian element.
As the leaves drop from real trees, those remaining dead tree trunks maintained by Ottawa Hydro (or Bell, or cablevision) reassert their dominance of the urban streetscape. I can’t help but regret the City’s policies of obliging suburban businesses to install underground wiring while installing above-grade wiring in urban areas. Those poles have a modest benefit for posters and keeping vehicles off sidewalks, but who thinks they are aesthetic? The cost of underground wiring in the ‘burbs is amortized over the mortgage period of buildings and could easily be amortized over a few decades of urban bills so that current tenants don’t face a huge installation hit. But for some reason, suburban areas get underground wiring but urban areas do not.