what I want:
-car-sharing spots
-grocery store
-recreation centre w/ gym and pools
-community centre/meeting spaces
-traditional kids playground (though more wood and less plastic to fit with the area’s logging/industrial heritage)
-restoration of the aqueduct
-buried lrt
-partially buried/human scale arena
-recognition that it snows here- how will these spaces be cleared/accessed/used in winter?
-small-scale retail available to local entrepreneurs (partner with Invest Ottawa)
-subsidized space reserved for local restaurants (a new restaurant by an Ottawa “celebrity chef” or two would be fantastic)
-lots of spaces for outdoor cafe seating
-requirement of no giant blank walls- ie entrances on all sides, windows must be actual windows, if a blank wall is absolutely unavoidable do something architecturally interesting with it
-classrooms/learning spaces for students (partner with algonquin, uottawa, carleton)
-public library at pmisi station
-square for hosting canada day celebration (as required by ncc)
-integration with existing old rochesterville neighborhood
-area divided into small-scale neighborhoods centred around one or two public features
-elementary school
-condos with 3 bedrooms marketed to families
-senior housing
-low-income housing
-coworking space (like the HUB) with space reserved for nonprofits
-makerspace
-waterfront access
-enhanced pedestrian experience on crossing albert street and sjam
-more bylaw officers assigned to old rochesterville during events
-enhanced crosswalks, walk signal first at lights, all lights get an automatic pedestrian walk signal (no pressing button)
-extend o-train over prince of wales bridge
-a beer museum focusing on Ottawa’s craft beer culture could be very good especially if it was near the arena and had a very large tasting area. put it on a square and it could be the site of an impressive oktoberfest.
-small underground parking deck
-very limited/no on street parking
-some very small scale services near river access (ie a place to sit and have a coffee and enjoy the river. this may come at the expense of “greenspace”)
-clearly marked, easy to use bike lanes throughout site
-lots of bike parking (bike lockers?) near transit stops
-minimal use of stairs so that areas are wheelchair/stroller friendly
-public washrooms (this is a must!)
-recognition of the site’s industrial heritage in decoration (the wood benches at the canal near the convention centre are a good example of this look)
-the canedensis trail could be cool but I wouldn’t want it to serve as a barrier to anyone crossing it
-farmer’s market/place for csa pickups
-community health centre
-preston connected to sjam to relieve pressure on booth
-traffic calming on sjam (which includes being able to turn in all directions off of it)
-would love to see some of the condos/townhouses/podiums have a 1900s rowhouse design with brick facades. differentiate the neighborhoods based on type of housing and materials
 
things I don’t care so much about:
-greenspace. Ottawa has SO much greenspace between the Ottawa river, the Rideau river, the canal, dow’s lake and the arboretum, the experimental farm. I want space that is usable and pedestrian friendly, not just “green”
-heights. as long the the podiums are attractive and have lots of entrances on all sides, I’m not super concerned about maximum height. A mix is better rather than a long line of buildings of course
-single use attractions designed for tourists (ie car museum, ripley’s aquarium, etc.) anything where admission is $15+ is likely to only appeal to single serve tourists.
-Ottawa should not try to be Toronto. tourists come to Ottawa b/c it’s the national capital. Activities should reflect that.
-architecturally significant building/ no jutting metal or glass
-monuments. no one travels somewhere to see a monument unless it is truly outstanding or they are personally affected by it. Ottawa has lots of monuments already
-public art.
-i’m leaning toward having the arena in the centre of the transit stations. it wouldn’t be far to walk from either, it gets people stopping at shops and restaurants along the way, and it spreads traffic out. in theory i like the idea of the arena integrated with the bayview stop but how does that affect the stop for the every day user?

edit: just thought of a must have- water foundations and water bottle filling stations and lots of trash cans and recycling stations. You would think these would be included without question but the redesigned Primrose Park doesn’t have any!

iced gingersnaps for the week ahead

day one

room to grow

razed 50 years ago today

blood, sweat, grease, timber

50 years of remediation

empty lots and fallow fields

shards of pottery stained with yesterday’s coffee

excavated as artifacts

NCC, Claridge, high-speed parkways

preserve scenic sight-lines

empty, wasted, alone

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