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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North-West Corner of Rideau and Chapel Streets

1968 versus 2015

This comparison of the Rideau and Chapel Streets intersection shows the 160 Chapel, a 22-story apartment building, and the one-of-kind building that used to occupy the same spot in 1968. Lately, Some attention is being drawn at this intersection because of...

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York & Nelson Streets Looking South

1968 versus 2015

This section of Nelson Street, intersecting with York Street,  took a hit when the urban renewal became a reality in Lowertown East and wiped all the existing houses so that none of the ones shown on the 1968 picture were...

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