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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Former Notre-Dame Street in Lowertown East

1968 versus 2015

This comparison shows how much Lowertown East had changed when the urban renewal program of the City of Ottawa was implemented in the late 1960s. The plan had for mission to clean up the blight houses of the area and to...

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East-End of St. Patrick Street

1968 versus 2015

This post is the first of a long series about Lowertown East in Ottawa. The CHMC released a large collection of photos taken in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s where they documented how Canadians lived in large urban...

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