The NCC has started construction on the Firefighters Monument on LeBreton Flats. They scraped off the topsoil first.
They stacked the topsoil in a pile, either the better to truck it away, or to store it for reuse later around the monument. But what will they be doing with all the dirt underneath? I would hope they could use it to fill in the bomb crater front yard of the 200 Lett Street condos. At the recent all-candidates debate, it was right to describe the development as flawed. But equally obviously, lots of people DO want to live in buildings surrounded by debris. Shades of
Beirut, oops Baghdad, oops Tripoli. No, it’s downtown Ottawa, a demonstration project!
I do notice that the memorial plans do not include a row of trees along Wellington (visible in top picture). These were planted just one year ago, in a deep trench of topsoil.