1938 vs. 2014

Why Ottawa Past & Present?

A few decades ago, Ottawa was drastically different: Sparks Street was thriving, people were actually living downtown and at LeBreton Flats and a train could bring you to the heart of the city. The narrow and institutionalized vision of bureaucrats, the rapid expansion of car use, and a generalized neglect of architectural heritage changed the urban fabric of the Capital.

The Gréber Plan and the NCC transformed Ottawa for the worse.
One building at a time.

We promote intensification and discourage sprawl. We are not against tall buildings, but we have a lot to say about bad design.

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185 to 197 Broad Street, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa

1962 versus 2015

Once again, this comparison shows NCC's incompetence when it comes to urban planning.  The buildings shown on the archival photo (not the 2015 photo since there is nothing left) were the last ones on Broad Street before hitting Albert Street....

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Former Intersection of Wellington & Albert Streets at Lebreton Flats

1962 versus 2015

This non-common intersection from the non-square angle between Wellington and Albert Streets in Lebreton Flats has stropped existing in 1962, year at which the NCC expropriated everyone and their dog from Lebreton Flats.  Albert Street in that area was way...

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