1968
2015
Nelson and York Intersection in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 1968
Nelson and York Intersection in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 1968
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1960s urban renewal left deep scars in the urban fabric of Lowertown East
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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 still existing in 2015. The typical Ottawan houses on the archival pictures have been replaced by social housing which are less integrated with the street.

The numerous parking spots were placed right against the street and created empty buffer zone between the street and the building. This off-street configuration is definitely more suburban than urban which is really ashamed considering the central location of this intersection.

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