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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

Dundonald Park is a Centretown favourite, a historically significant and charmingly urban bit of  green space in a neighbourhood that is lacking in other public areas. With a children’s park, chess tables and space to play sports or walk dogs, the park has a lot to offer, although there is certainly room for improvement. Luckily, Dundonald […]

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Déjà vu? The impact of Ottawa’s smoking ban on Gatineau and its bar scene

The City of Gatineau is once again forced to react after the Ottawa city council approved a motion, 21-2, to ban smoking in bar and restaurant patios. Beaches, playgrounds and parks among other locations will also become smoke-free after Canada Day. “It is only a matter of time before a similar law is ushered into Gatineau’s City […]


Linking infrastructure key to making Ottawa North America’s #1 Bike-Friendly City

The family of Ottawa cyclist Nathan Anderson, who died on Feb. 19 after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver, released a statement this week thanking all those who provided help following the accident. The family’s statement asked for privacy and also calls on citizens to keep Ottawa’s streets safe for travelers. “In spite of […]


Vote Against Bad Urban Infill: Vote Old Ottawa South

Editorial by Gwen Gall, Web Editor for the Old Ottawa South Comminity Association. Gwen nominated Old Ottawa South in the “Great Neighbourhood” contest as a private citizen, independent of any group or association. The views represented below do not necessiarily represent those of Apartment613. Why did I nominate Old Ottawa South as a “Great Neighbourhood” […]

Weekly News Review: Look at Lansdowne, an Elgin St. BIA and more!

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″][/vimeo] Curious to know what the new Lansdowne might look like? Check the video above. Thanks to OpenFile for putting it on Vimeo. If you were interested in the future of the LRT, the CE Centre was the place to be last week as Ottawa was host to over 250 companies hoping to […]

Predictions for 2012: Urban planning

In the next days and weeks, editors and contributors to Apt613 will share their predictions and hopes for 2012. We start out with urban planner Phil Castro and his predictions on what’s in store for Ottawa’s urban planning scene. In practice urban planning is a policy-based profession. City planners are often given direction on what […]

Stage II recap: Public Art Competition for the Somerset Steet West Reconstruction

Last Wednesday evening, the Public Art & Community Art division at the City of Ottawa invited the general public to take a peek at the finalist submissions of the public art competition for the Somerset Street West Reconstruction Project. 16 proposals were originally submitted and the list has been narrowed down to five artists/teams (as […]

Ottawa Centre Election debate is all about you

If there’s one thing our Neighbourhood Wars feature from earlier this year taught us, it’s that our readership has a big investment in Ottawa’s urban core. Issues like transit, intensification, and arts funding all resonate with people who click on this blog, and we’re fairly certain you want to hear what your provincial Ottawa Centre […]

Apartment613 and Open File Ottawa are apologizing for Ottawa

Andrew Cohen’s piece in the Ottawa Citizen last week certainly struck a nerve. At our latest “Urban drinks” at Shanghai, a few fellow bloggers spent some time discussing our annoyance at the suggestion that despite our “education and affluence” we were all working so hard to make a creative and interesting life in a city […]

Eternia one of many strong voices at Women’s Worlds 2011

Post by Greg Macdougall Eternia, proclaimed by Exclaim! Magazine as “Canada’s dopest female MC,” was born in Ottawa and spent the first part of her life here. She later moved to Toronto, and at 15 she says she “started to take [hip hop] more seriously.” Her latest album, “At Last” with producer MoSS, was nominated […]

Have your say on the future of Centretown

I love living in Centretown. It’s an amazing neighborhood, filled with great businesses, immense diversity and some cool apartments. It’s an important cultural hub for the city. But Centretown is evolving – there are more (and taller) condos going up. There are some new bike lanes going in. There are some new businesses opening and […]

Get your walk on: Jane’s Walk is back!

Many of us walk through our neighbourhoods every day. Remember that old building nestled in amongst more recent additions? It looks as though it’s probably been around since Ottawa was just an outpost? So who built it? And there’s a random statue placed on the corner. Who does it honour? Why is it still around? […]

Apt613 candidates’ survey: Miscellaneous edition

Survey by Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly Just as the campaigning enters its final few hours, our election correspondents Natasha Mooney and Chris Connolly have wound up their investigations into Ottawa’s candidates. Their questions – ranging from how to support Ottawa’s arts communities to favourite Beavertail flavour – were put to all major candidates in […]