Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko tabled a motion a council on June 27, 2018 to propose a name for the pedestrian-cycling footbridge linking Fifth Avenue in the Glebe and Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East. The recommended name is Passerelle Flora Footbridge in honour of Canadian politician and humanitarian Flora MacDonald.
Southminster Church, the Beer Store, and now Fifth Avenue Court—all contentious development proposals on Bank Street, and the outcomes will change the face of our neighbourhoods. Will this be for the good? Most people support some level of intensification—it’s important for promoting vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods in the urban core. But City Council seems intent on increasing density above all other considerations, even though there are no density targets in place for Bank Street.
Construction progress is on schedule although there was a minor delay in creating the Herridge pedestrian crossing of Colonel By Drive. Traffic on Colonel By Drive has largely returned to normal after the slight shifting of the parkway just north of Clegg (this was required to widen the Echo-CBD “island” to accommodate the switchback).
The Canal Footbridge, the Fifth Avenue Bridge, Clegg Footbridge, Rideau Crossing — whatever you’ve been calling it, it’s time to agree on a permanent name for new bridge connecting the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/Old Ottawa South. What name do you suggest?
The week of March 3rd at City Hall proved to be both interesting and revealing. As promised in last month’s column on Traffic Updates representatives from Old Ottawa South (OOS), the Glebe Community Association (GCA) and Old Ottawa East (OOE) met with Mayor Jim Watson and made presentations to the City’s Transportation Committee chaired by Councillor Keith Egli (Knoxdale-Merivale Ward, Nepean).
The Mayor’s Boardroom is located in the heritage wing of City Hall (Ottawa’s former Teachers’ College built in 1874) and comfortably seats about 12 people around an impressive, rectangular, oak table located in the centre of a rather large, high-ceiling room reminiscent of medieval halls that once dotted the British countryside centuries ago.
This flight of imagination is not so surprising when one considers the Gothic Revival architecture of the heritage wing and its official designation as a National Historic site. A sense of importance dwells in this room: it’s imposing space in both height and breadth, the series of multi-paned windows that line one wall facing Elgin Street, and its ample capacity to entertain the decision-makers who shape and transform the City of Ottawa.