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Predictions for 2012: Urban planning

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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 to achieve, but have to craft the rules and regulations that can make it happen. It’s a tricky process and no matter how well-intentioned new policies may be, in some instances greater harm may result... | Continue reading article

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

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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 posted on the City’s website): Ryan Stec Adrian Göllner & Andrew O’Malley Deborah Margo & Laura Taler Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh Charlynne Lafontaine & Ryan Lotecki About one hundred people came out to meet... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Centre Election debate is all about you

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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 candidates have to say about them. That’s why you should head down to Saint Paul University’s Guigues Hall this evening for tonight’s Ottawa Centre election debate. It’s being hosted by OpenFile Ottawa (full disclosure: I’m... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 and Open File Ottawa are apologizing for Ottawa

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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 that (according to Cohen) can’t seem to do anything interesting or creative. We’re obviously Ottawa “apologists” here on Apartment613. We have a great time in Ottawa and we write about a lot of what we... | Continue reading article

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

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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 for a Juno and has made the long-list for the 2011 Polaris Prize. She’s performing in Ottawa this coming Thurday as part of the international Women’s Worlds 2011 conference. “I’m really really excited and honoured... | Continue reading article

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Have your say on the future of Centretown

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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 some old ones closing. And there are on-going transit debates that could change the way that people to get to, from and around this part of the city. Within this context, the city is working... | Continue reading article

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

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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? This weekend, thanks to Jane’s Walk, you can get all of the answers to your curious neighbourhood questions. Jane’s Walk is a yearly ‘festival of walks’ – when historians, activists, planners and residents come out... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Get out to vote, get out to the market, and get out to the gallery!

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It’s election time in Ottawa! Local candidates were out and about last week, making the case for their various platforms, and now it’s up to us to elect the folks we think can deliver for Ottawa. We’ve been surveying candidates on the tough issues (their favourite lunch spot, beavertail, happy hour, etc.) and you can find the results for Nepean here, Ottawa South here, Ottawa-Centre here, Ottawa-Vanier here, and a bunch of other folks from random ridings here. Our friends over at OpenFile Ottawa have also done lots of interesting... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 candidates’ survey: Miscellaneous edition

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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 all ridings in and surrounding Ottawa. This last installment of their reporting is made up of all of the ridings where just one candidate replied (despite multiple follow-ups to all candidates!). We’ve got answers from... | Continue reading article

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