Rumours can be fun to hear. Even when they are highly unlikely. Sometimes the most improbable ones become accepted wisdom or folklore, especially when they tap into partisan or subliminal emotions or confirm existing biases. When I first went to … Continue reading Wet Feet in the LRT tunnel?
In an earlier story, I bitched about the heavy, clumsy use of full-size jersey barriers as safety barriers for public gatherings. As opposed to using shorter, more pedestrian friendly, but still effective half-length jersey barriers: At Westboro Fuse event this … Continue reading Building Better Barricades
Claridge continues to construct the ICON condo tower at Preston / Carling. This will be the tallest residential tower in Ottawa. Some taller ones have been approved, but are a long way from construction, so for the foreseeable future, the … Continue reading Halfway Icon
Longfields Station is on the transitway. In Barrhaven. Someday, probably not in my lifetime, it may be a LRT station. But it works just fine now as a transitway station for buses. It is not a major hub. I dont … Continue reading Is this the best we can do at a transit station?
The City recently announced some more OC Transpo route changes. Most significantly to readers here at WestSideAction, “local” bus services from the west side will no longer travel right through the downtown; nor will east side bus services travel through … Continue reading Short Cuts at OCTranspo
Since early spring (April?) there has been the single lonely trainset, mostly unmoving, parked near Tunney’s and under 24-hour babysitting/guard by a security firm car lingering on the bike path. This week, though, there have been two trainsets on the west … Continue reading At the Bayview LRT platform
After months being babysat in the trench out near Tunney’s, the stranded Confederation line train has become busy. I spent a chunk of time on Wednesday watching the train testing the system between Tunney’s Pasture and Pimisi (formerly LeBreton) Station. Here are some shots of the train approaching Bayview Station from the west (ie, coming from Tunney’s): And here are some photos of the train at the passenger platform inside Bayview Station. These photos are taken from the Albert Street overpass: Leaving Bayview, heading down the slope to cross the Flats towards Pimisi: Crossing the Flats, headed towards … Continue reading Train spotting, west side style
With the increasing popularity of vehicular homicide as a form of political expression, our public spaces have become less welcoming, forever. Which is of course how terrorists and political extremists win. Fortunately, the public memory is short, and decorative planters, … Continue reading Protect me from motorists? terrorists? whomever !
Canada is blessed with high labour costs. Our citizens have a high standard of living. To save on labour costs, many drugs and medical supplies are “bundled” into pre-paks. Stocked drug supplies get refreshed, and new products replace old. When … Continue reading Hauling drugs for charity
So I was standing on Collins Avenue waiting for the 120 Bus, kicking the white stuff between my toes. No, not snow. This bus stop was on the popular Beach Max route that runs all the way up Miami Beach … Continue reading The Friday traveller: Condos on the Beach
Like a number of city dwellers, I put out bird feeders for the winter. My west side daily visitors include sparrows, finches, chickadees, juncos, three Downy woodpeckers, and grackles. Every so often I am blessed by the cardinal pair who … Continue reading Urban predators
Recall that a half dozen years back artworks appeared along Preston and West Wellington Streets. Granite poly-coloured ones on Preston; white marble on the other. For the first few winters, the spray of road salt actually washed the paint colours … Continue reading Sculpture on the street, Winter Edition
I live on the south side of the street. The houses cast shade on the sidewalk all winter. The sidewalks were built in the “roller coaster” style with “crazy kitchen”-style tilts. The results are known. Always icy. Always slippery. Frequently … Continue reading Walking in winter
There’s a landlord a few blocks over from me that seems neglectful of their property. As shown in the pictures, the evestroughing has pulled off. Taking with it, the fascia. And as pictures below show, taking down the soffits too. … Continue reading Neglectful Landlord
I was trotting over to Bayview Arena, the nearest clothing recycle/charity drop bin to my residence. I like that the charity has put in a new bin last fall. This one seems to prevent people from raiding it and leaving … Continue reading Charity Snowbank
Reader Jason advises us … About the photo: A little furry creature had made tracks in the snow on the west side of the MUP but it seems it never made it across to the other side. I only took … Continue reading MUP-kill
Two of the intensification projects we looked at in the last few days are on Traditional Main Streets. The City’s official plan for TMS calls for up to six story apartments, built lot line to lot line to create a … Continue reading Rules are for Others, part 3, Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa has an Official Plan (OP), and multiple levels of various sub plans, including many — the CDP or Community Design Plans — which aim at intensification. Indeed, CDP’s could be called City Densification Plans. So, over on Somerset Street … Continue reading Not What the Plan envisioned, part 2, Somerset edition
Occasionally an intensification proposal comes along that seems to fit most of the rules (guidelines, really…). So let’s look at what Project1 Studio is proposing for 440 Bronson, just north of Gladstone. The site used to house Guytel Phones, and … Continue reading Intensification by the rules, part 1
I was heading out to take-in lunch to my parent who lives in a retirement home. We like to have a Harvey’s hamburger lunch, a break from the regular residence menu. Conveniently a fresh batch of Harvey coupons arrived in … Continue reading The price of lunch just went up
I am delighted to see more skating rinks in parks. I like that the Sens organization is promoting skating by funding ice pads in city parks. And I like the one in front of city hall, especially when its summer … Continue reading Not Skating in Circles
Sometimes I think city councillors are pretty smart and aware. Other times, I’m not so sure. Mind, it can be hard to tell which it is. As 2017 came to a close, some Ottawa Councillors are mooting about obligatory inclusion … Continue reading The High Cost of Free Parking
Today’s episode of The Friday Traveller should be called the Christmas Traveller. Christmas in Miami Beach. Warm weather: daytime 80 degrees and sunny. Evenings just cool enough that old fuddy duddies like me wanted a jacket, but many younger things … Continue reading The Friday Traveller: Miami Beach observations
As part of the “plan” for the “southern gateway” collection of high rises being built at Preston and Carling, the City decided that street wiring should be buried around the new towers. This wasn’t a neighbourhood priority, as we know … Continue reading Is it worth burying the wiring? Who should pay?
There is a classic west side semi-detached home at the corner of Oak and Preston, opposite Plouffe Park. Many decades ago proud homeowners planted matching young trees on the front lawn. Here’s an aerial photo from 1928 showing the trees … Continue reading Killed from the roots