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 Street & Beausoleil Drive

1968 versus 2015

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Jules-Morin Park & Myrand Street

1968 versus 2015

This comparison shows an area that was left more or less untouched by the craze of the CHMC sponsored urban renewal that changed the face of Lowertown East forever.  In fact, the block between St. Patrick Street, Myrand Street and Augusta Street was...

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