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Matt Luloff

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Tim Tierney




A lot at stake in redevelopment of Lebreton Flats

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

So, according to Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen, Ottawa is the worst capital city in the G7.

Considering that the G7 also includes such world class capitals as London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Tokyo, it’s hard to argue with him, except when it comes to Washington D.C.

I love Washington, but there’s no way any sane person would rank it above Ottawa.

The difference between Ottawa and the other five capitals listed above is history, and architecture, and food, and the arts, and... need we go on?

But to dump on Ottawa, as Cohen has done, is to dismiss the many attributes that Ottawa does have which make it a truly wonderful place to live and work, starting with the Rideau Canal. And we have made great strides over the years in terms of our architecture with additions like the Museum of Civilization, the National Art Gallery and the War Museum.

The latter being in the middle of Lebreton Flats which will soon be undergoing a massive redevelopment. In less than two weeks the NCC will unveil two proposals, that if recent reports are to be believed will both contain plans for an NHL arena and a new central library. Both proposals will eclipse the Lansdowne Park redevelopment in terms of both scope and cost.

Myown personal wish list would include an aquarium with a tie in to the nearby riverfront, in much the same way the Museum of Civilization does and the future Windmill development on the Chaudière and Albert Islands will do.

Thus far, the NCC appears to be taking its time in assessing the two proposals. That’s a good thing, because we’re only going to get one shot at this. If Ottawa wants to be a world class city, Lebreton Flats needs to be a world class development..

But we also need to guard against the very real risk the a redeveloped Lebreton Flats will take from the downtown core. The two have to be kept in balance, which won’t be easy.

At the end of the day, the residents of this fair city deserve nothing less than the very best.

Lebreton Flats has been an abandoned wasteland for far too long. It’s potential is off the charts. It’s future is in the hands of an organization which is not exactly known for its openness.

Here’s hoping they do the right thing and build something we all can be proud of, including the Andrew Cohens of the world.

(Posted 9 p.m., Jan. 1o)


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