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~1960
2014
Locomotive on the shore of the rideau Canal
Rideau Canal in Ottawa with the Laurier Bridge and the Department of Defense
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Better use of the Rideau Canal shores. Less fan of the combo brutalism & UNESCO protected area.
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+0.4
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Today, everybody agrees that moving the train station in the suburbs was a mistake.  That being said, its move has opened the shores of the Rideau Canal by removing the lanes of rails no longer required.  By applying the sacro-saint parkways model, the NCC changed the vocation of the Rideau...
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~1975
2014
Corner of George Street and Sussex Drive in the mid-1970s.
Corner of George Street and Sussex Drive in 2014.
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Restauration of a heritage building in the turmoil of urban decay.
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+3.4
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The archival photo was probably taken in the mid-1970s when the disinterest for urban core in North American reached its apogee.  The NCC succesfully  retored this building (and many more along Sussex Drive).  It hosts the Modern Shop and the Black Tomato restaurant. ...
~1900
2014
Marie Street around 1900 in Ottawa
Laurier Avenue in Ottawa in front of the Confederation Park in 2014
Title: Untitled. Reference number: No reference number provided.
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-5
Regression in the urban fabric. Increase in car traffic.
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-3.0
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This comparison is a good example of regression in Ottawa’s urban planning – where a fairly tight urban fabric has been replaced by a more sterile environment. Maria Street, renamed Laurier Avenue, was widened from 3 to 5 lanes and parking on its sides was made illegal, probably to...
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~1930
2014
Orme Hall on Wellington Street in Ottawa.
Renovation on Wellington Street.
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-3
Building own by a small local company demolished to make room for a the expansion of a bigger one.
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Orme Hall was located on Wellington Street in Ottawa. One of its owner was the piano maker James Lawrence Orme who also had a shop on Sparks Street.The Orme Hall was demolished in the late 1950 to make room for the expansion of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company....
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