Sandy Hill

1894 versus 2013
The Sandy Hill neighbourhood is located south-west of the city core.  The University of Ottawa occupies a considerable portion of the area.

The east end of Sandy Hill has stayed relatively the same over the last 70 years. On the other hand, the west end changed considerably with the expansion of the University of Ottawa and transformation of Nicholas Street into a highway. 


~1970
2017
Former Macdonald Hall with the Barracks in front.
Former Macdonald Hall with the Barracks in front.
Title: Untitled. Reference number: AE-1051
We gave it a
+5
Better use of available space. Dilapidated buldings replaced by more functional ones.
Visitors's vote
+4.7
6 votes
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Both photos show the former Macdonald Hall. The Hall was demolished a few weeks after the 2016 photos was taken in order to make room for the new STEM Complex that will be built at the same location. The bungalow type building in front of the archival photo was...
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~1970
2016
Former Nicholas Street in Ottawa
Nicholas Street in Ottawa
Title: Untitled. Reference number: AE-938
We gave it a
-5
Regression in the urban fabric. Increase in car traffic.
Visitors's vote
-0.2
6 votes
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This comparison, and the many that will follow, gives an idea of what Nicholas Street used to be compared to the long 417 Queensway off ramp and onramp that it is now. As the archival photo shows, the modest Nicholas Street had some flaws; it had several parking lots...
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~1970
2017
Supermarket on Osgoode Street
Supermarket on Osgoode Street
Title: Untitled. Reference number: AE-982
We gave it a
-3
Drop in quality and quantity of proximity services.
Visitors's vote
-4.1
9 votes
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The Osgoode IGA Grocery Store occupied the space of the Mac’s on Osgoode Street. On the East side of the grocery store had Quinn’s Candy & Cigarette convenience store and an electronic TV and radios sales and repair store. This substitution illustrates the struggle and death of independent grocers...
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1938
2013
Former Hastery Street @ Laurier Street in Ottawa in 1938
Former Hastey Street location in University of Ottawa in 2013.
Title: Untitled. Reference number: No reference number provided.
We gave it a
+2
Heritage preservation.
Visitors's vote
+1.9
37 votes
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The former Hastey street was named after the Mayor Mr. Robert A. Hastey.  Strangely, Mr. Hastey was in office for less than a month. Before that, he has been a city councillor for about 12 years.The Hastey street was removed when the University of Ottawa expanded south....
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