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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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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Former St.Patrick and Chapel Intersection.

1968 versus 2015

This comparison shows how badly Lowertown East in Ottawa had regressed from an urban planning point of view from the tumultuous changes the neighbourhood went through in the early 1970s. First off, the Chapel-St. Patrick intersection does not exist anymore. ...

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