NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD WATCH

Ottawa Magazine - - This City - By Kyla Clarke and Matt Har­ri­son

uGatineau Smile, you’re on cam­era! Photo radar sys­tems, which cap­ture the li­cence plates of speed­ers and red-light run­ners and then send a ticket by mail, are com­ing to Gatineau this fall. A pre­vi­ous plan sug­gested var­i­ous lo­ca­tions for the cam­eras, in­clud­ing Maloney, Maison­neuve, and Sacré-Coeur boule­vards. Un­doubt­edly a cash gen­er­a­tor for a province in the red, although Gatineau’s mayor in­sists that it’s not about money, it’s about safety.

uKanata Shoe lovers will be pleased to learn that Saks Fifth Av­enue is com­ing to Ot­tawa. One of up to 25 Off Fifth stores to open in Canada is set to take over the largest store avail­able at the Tanger Out­let Mall, which can mean only one thing: more space for more shoes.

uDown­town Are Sparks Street mon­u­ments cursed? The Ki­netic Clock suf­fered re­peated hits from trucks and plows un­til it was re­moved in 2013. The griz­zly statue was dam­aged — and then re­moved to make way for a pro­posed $4.5-mil­lion Stan­ley Cup mon­u­ment, which is feel­ing the curse be­cause fundrais­ing has stalled. A de­sign com­pe­ti­tion was sched­uled to launch this year, but at press time no de­tails were avail­able.

uSandy Hill The Beth Shalom syn­a­gogue on Chapel Street has closed its doors af­ter 60 years. Con­gre­gants agreed to sell it to a devel­oper — who will trans­form it into con­dos and re­tail space — and will meet at Soloway Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (near Car­ling and Mait­land) un­til they find a per­ma­nent home.

uVanier Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on a $9.2-mil­lion pedes­trian bridge over the Rideau River, which will con­nect the neigh­bour­hoods of Sandy Hill and Over­brook. Un­til work is com­pleted next sum­mer, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans will have to watch their backs on the nar­row Cum­mings Bridge.

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