Today, we compare a run of the mill street in Ottawa with the Witte de With Street make over in the Netherlands and see what we can learn from the Rotterdam. Continue reading The New Elgin Street. Can we do it?
In a previous post, I wrote about the eventual redevelopment of the South Keys mall. This week, there was a first meeting on the redevelopment of another mall, Westgate, which is much older than South Keys. I once had to … Continue reading Ottawa Input for Minimum Parking Standards
Rotterdam is taking a lane away in their downtown arterial to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists. The population had asked for it. Continue reading Rotterdam: City Centre as City Lounge
In my previous blog, I wrote about ‘Retrofitting Suburbia’, a 2009 book by Ellen Dunham – Jones and June Williamson. They describe how older suburban malls from around 50 years ago, when the car was still seen as the … Continue reading South Keys, Ottawa: the End of the Parking Lot?
One of the books I have been reading lately is “Retrofitting Suburbia”. Authors Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson are making the case for urban design solutions for older office areas and the large aging (and already dead) shopping malls from … Continue reading Retrofitting Suburbia
In January 2015, I had an opportunity to visit the Domtar and Hydro Ottawa sites on Chaudière Island in the Ottawa River between downtown Ottawa and downtown Gatineau. As you all likely know, the site will undergo a complete metamorphoses, … Continue reading Chaudière Island in Pictures
Karen and I choose to go on holidays in April, after November usually the crappiest month in Ottawa. The snow is gone, the land is brown, the rain is cold and the winds are nasty. Temperatures hover between -5 and … Continue reading Public Spaces in Aix-en-Provence and Avignon
I read through the draft Ottawa Bicycle Plan last night (update: I improved it a bit here and there on Thanksgiving, removing typos, adding headers and more insight in budgets). A document of nearly 150 pages that outlines the vision … Continue reading 2013 Draft Ottawa Bicycle Plan in 1500 words
Summarised for you: The Ontario Cycling Strategy in 1000 words: How Ontario will look like in 20 years. This afternoon, August 30, 2013, the Ministry of Transportation released its first provincial cycling strategy in 20 years. This is a much better … Continue reading Going Dutch? Ontario’s Cycling Strategy Released!
Two years ago, I was interviewed by Ottawa Sun reporter Kelly Roche at the opening of the Laurier bike lane. At that time, the Ottawa Sun was fairly hostile towards cyclists, (but not Kelly) complaining about the cost of bike … Continue reading Guest Post: Kelly Roche’s impressions on Frankfurt and Wiesbaden Transportation