Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms.
About: Rick is a graphic designer who specializes in websites for other “funtrepreneurs” like himself. He enjoys photography, the outdoors, and helping to promote and market “the things that people make.”
Complaint: Traffic, parking, intensification. At peak times high volume routes like Island Park become choked with commuters. On the weekend finding parking in the popular shopping area of Wellington St. West can be a challenge. While not unique to Westboro, a growing population has put demands on housing. According to the City of Ottawa over 25,000 people live in Westboro. Meeting this demand with condos will mean the problem of traffic and parking will most likely increase.
Compliment: The self-contained village feel of Westboro makes it a lovely place to work and live. Local retail business offers a very broad range of products, meaning residents can find everything they need within walking or biking distance. The neighborhood also has it’s own beach – a unique feature of this area. Another unique feature is the recent renovation of Churchill Avenue into a “complete street”, where the cars, bikes, and pedestrians each have their own lane. Everyone can feel a bit safer traveling along this busy street.
Recommendation: Explore the shops along Richmond Road / Wellington West. Cool down with a gelatto at Truffle Treasures, fuel up with happy hour oysters at Savoy, stroll through the dog-friendly Hampton Park, and bike along the parkway to Westboro Beach. There’s lots to love about living in Westboro.