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Weekly News Review: Memories of Jack, gay pride parade, revitalizing Rideau St. and more!

By François Levesque on August 29, 2011

Photo courtesy of J.B. Hildebrand

The country wished farewell to NDP Leader Jack Layton this week. OpenFile shares 7 moments, memories and musings of Jack Layton’s Ottawa.

After years of opposition by merchants, it appears that Bank St. between Nepean and James may finally be known as the gay village. Mayor Jim Watson and councillor Diane Holmes are currently working on a new proposal and merchants will be asked to bring forward their concerns. About 1,600 people walked in this year’s gay pride parade held this weekend.

There’s been a major push in recent years to revitalize Rideau St. Last week, City Council took a first step in that direction by approving the community’s Rideau Street Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. These will help inform ongoing and future development in the area from Mackenzie Avenue to the Cummings Bridge.

CitizenCycle introduced me to a neat data visualization tool showing the number of times the Laurier St. bike lane has been used since its opening, July 10th. As of now, it’s been used 67,674 times for an average of just over 1,400 trips a day.

A look to the future: Effective Sunday, September 4th, OC Transpo’s new fall service plan will introduce major route changes designed to provide a more streamlined, reliable and efficient transit network that will be financially sustainable into the future. Curious to know if your route will be impacted? Check here.


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