Read­ers fired up over Lebre­ton Flats

Ottawa Business Journal - - COMMENTARY -

Re: “NCC look­ing for Lebre­ton Flats de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als” (Sept. 30 on obj.ca)

What we need is some­thing new – out-ofthe-box think­ing – that will at­tract at­ten­tion, tourists, and dol­lars. Build an amp­ithe­atre, at­tract top-name tal­ent, fes­ti­vals, etc., and get the city on the map! — Paul N.

Oh no, not another dis­as­trous process whereby the NCC chooses a de­vel­oper in­stead of open­ing up a com­pe­ti­tion to renowned ar­chi­tects. The build­ings erected so far on Lebre­ton Flats are unin­spir­ing. Let’s see an ar­chi­tec­tural vi­sion first, and then have de­vel­op­ers bid to make it come to life. – Gor­don McMil­lan

Let’s just hope it is park­land. We don’t have any of that down­town. We don’t need more of­fice space, re­tail space or con­dos, we need space for peo­ple to walk, en­joy out­side, re­lax, pic­nic, walk their dogs, etc. – Money

Money, there is tons of park­land down­town and much of it goes un­used now. As for the Flats, it’s go­ing to have to be worth it for a group to build, so it won’t be park­land. To turn the Flats into just a park would cost a lot of money, and you have to fac­tor it would not get much use. As I said, there is tons of park­land in the area. – Jayme

More park­land? Take a look around – all

we have is park­land! What we need is more den­sity. Den­sity is bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment (less square footage per per­son), costs the city less (city ser­vices don’t have to go as far out to ser­vice cit­i­zens), makes the down­town streets more lively (the more peo­ple liv­ing in the down­town core the more shops, restau­rants, bars, etc.), cre­ates less traf­fic on the Queensway and makes for health­ier res­i­dents (peo­ple walk or bike as op­posed to driv­ing their car from their sub­ur­ban home to their work down­town). – Jam­min

Park­land? Ot­tawa has more greenspace than any met­ro­pol­i­tan city in Canada. This no­tion that we need more parks is non­sense. Five min­utes away, you have the Ot­tawa River Park­way with bike paths, West­boro beach area and at the other end of Preston is Dow’s Lake and the Ex­per­i­men­tal Farm. If the NCC and the city truly want to in­crease tourism to the city, then we need a draw that will get peo­ple to visit Ot­tawa. An aquar­ium and/or out­door am­phithe­ater, etc. would go a long way to mak­ing this city more vi­brant. We dropped the ball when we had an op­por­tu­nity to orig­i­nally build the hockey arena and then the base­ball park there, and don’t for­get giv­ing the casino to Gatineau. We can’t af­ford to screw this up again! – An­thony

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