Iconic buildings walk

The coming of the LRT in Ottawa has prompted the development of condo towers along the route. The increase in density in the downtown area is generally welcomed, and it does make sense to put these new residences near the LRT. But there are a few areas where the number of new towers planned is particularly intense.  Preston Street in Little Italy is one of those areas, with two tall towers being built near the Dow's Lake end of the street and possibly more planned for the area. 

This walk will look at a range of issues, ranging from the suitability of the local geology and geography to the construction of tall buildings to the changes to the local neighbourhood and social fabric that will result from increased population and density.

What effects will the presence of these buildings have on the local environment?  What problems and opportunities will the residents have on the neighbourhood as they move into their new homes?  How will Little Italy adapt?   Will the community have difficulty integrating many new residents in a short time, or will the social network and cultural values of Little Italy embrace the newcomers and emerge even stronger? 


Meet at the entrance to the Carling O-Train station, north of Carling between Preston and Champagne Sts.  From there, we will walk east on Carling to Preston, and then north on Preston to Adeline. 

About the walk leader

Luciano immigrated to Ottawa from Italy in 1966, and has been an active member of the Italian community in Ottawa ever since. He is well-known as a walking-tour guide for Little Italy. He is a long-time editor of Il Postino, the newspaper of the local Italian community. Luciano is proud of the contribution that the Italian community has made to the quality of life in Ottawa. 

During the winter months, Luciano is the one and only, very appreciated “Chestnut Roaster Guy” in Ottawa's Byward Market. In December 2013, he published a book on his experiences selling chestnuts, entitled Chronicles of an Ottawa Chestnut Lover.

Luciano is passionate about the ideas and advice of Jane Jacobs, and is an enthusiastic supporter of Jane's Walk. He has been a walk leader for Jane's Walk Ottawa since it began in 2008. 


Luciano Pradal

Date:Sun May 6, 2018
Time:12:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:Carling O-Train Station
End:Preston and Adeline Sts.
Area:Little Italy/Dow's Lake
Distance:1.0 km

The route will follow city sidewalks and paved paths. 

A Monopoly hotel skyscraper overshadowing an ordinary house.
Volunteer to Marshal This Walk