What is next for Rideau St once its facelift is complete? Come and discuss the evolution of this intriguing neighbourhood.
Photo: Wallis House pre-renovation.
What is next for this dowdy street (from King Edward Ave to the Rideau River) that provides the eastern approach to downtown, which is getting a facelift this year? Already four major pieces of adjacent land have been assembled for development. There are few heritage buildings left to save, although Wallis House (at Charlotte) is one of the most popular heritage re-use projects in the city. Will it surmount the disadvantage of being the boundary between two very different communities (Sandy Hill and Lower Town) rather than the centre of a single neighbourhood? How vibrant was the street in the past? How have recent redevelopments worked out? What role do the heritage Rideau library branch, the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and the Bytowne Cinema play?
Participants will have an opportunity to participate. Let's discuss hat kinds of future businesses will help integrate the community and which will hurt. What is the role of the 2005 community design plan?
The walk will proceed along Rideau St. from King Edward to Charlotte St.
Chris has lived in Ottawa for over 40 years; over 30 of those in downtown, and six in Sandy Hill. Dedicated to pedestrian issues, he was founder and president of Ottawalk (1988-2000) and was co-founder and co-manager of Vrtucar (2000-2006). He has been leading walks for Jane's Walk Ottawa every year from the very beginning.