Lowertown East

1894 versus 2013
Lowertown East in Ottawa is a district starting east of  Kind-Edward Avenue and north of Rideau Street. The Rideau River is the northern and eastern physical limits of that district.

The neighbourhood was drastically changed over the last 50 years when the city decided it was ripe for urban renewal.  The route change and the widening of St. Patrick street was also a determining factor for giving a weird and incomplete feel to this area.
1968
2015
Cobourg and St. Patrick Streets in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 1968
Cobourg and St. Patrick Streets in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 2015
We gave it a
-5
Square grid streets replaced by curved and dead-end streets.
Visitors's vote
-1.7
34 votes
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The archive photo from 1968 depicts an intersection that no longer exists:  St. Patrick and Cobourg Streets.  Technically, the intersection of Cobourg and St. Patrick still exists but it has been moved to the west to accommodate a curve in Cobourg Street that did not exist back in 1968. ...
1968
2016
Former St. Patrick Street in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 1968
Old St. Patrick Street in Lowertown East in Ottawa in 2015
We gave it a
-5
Former Main Street which became soulless.
Visitors's vote
-1.7
25 votes
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Former traditional main street, St. Patrick Street (now Old St. Patrick) is a shell of its former self. Back in the day, St. Patrick had shops and stores, relatively limited in number, but still, enough so that the street was a destination for many residents of the neighbourhoods. ...
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1968
2015
Modest dwellings on Friel Street in Ottawa in 1968
Modest dwellings on Beausoleil Drive in Ottawa in 1968
We gave it a
-1
Different buildings, comparable ambiance.
Visitors's vote
-0.1
20 votes
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Photo of some modest dwellings on Friel Street (now Beausoleil Drive) in Lowertown East.  The York Street Elementary School is in background....
1968
2015
Myrand Street and Jules-Morin Park in 1968
Myrand Street and Jules-Morin Park in 2015
We gave it a
0
Only block in the heart of the urban renewal that was left unaltered.
Visitors's vote
+1.3
35 votes
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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 the only one unaltered at the end of the 3 phases...
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