Earlier this week I was delighted to discover the MUP through Centrepointe neighborhood was already swept by the City. It makes for a much more pleasant walk with the grit and salt brushed aside.
Over the course of this week I discovered swept sidewalks on Albert Street near Bayview; on Greenbank Road south of Baseline; on Carling Avenue near Lincoln Fields transit station, as well as the aforementioned Centrepointe path.
I think this is a truly delightful aspect of Spring in Ottawa: a faint haze of road dust throughout the city as the streets finally dry after months of snow and slush. The sound of street cleaning machines heard faintly through still-closed windows in the middle of the night (imagine — someone from the City working … and at night too!). The joy of wearing shoes again outdoors, on clean sidewalks. On my street, residents have already been out sweeping the city sidewalk themselves, resulting in clear sections that sometimes extend for hundreds of feet.
Ahh, the taste of spring.