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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Lowertown East Before Urban Renewal

1950 versus 2014

This aerial photo of Lowertown East demonstrates how much it has changed after the 1970 textbook urban renewal.

St. Patrick Street which used to be a traditional main street with its stores and residences has been completely demolished and stripped from its built elements which consequently had it lost its main...

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Aerial View of the Rideau Canal

1927 versus 2014

This aerial view of the downtown Ottawa shows how the land around the Rideau Canal has changed over the years.  The year at which the picture was taken can be estimated to 1927 from the existing buildings and landmarks; The Russell House burned down in 1928 and the Peace Tower...

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