Ottawa: Change over Time
"Before" & "After" re-development at Rideau & Chapel Sts.
Ottawa Past & Present is a website that explores changes in Ottawa over time, using modern and heritage photographs to illustrate change in specific locations. The website presents each comparison with a sliding bar that shifts between the old and the new on superimposed photos taken from a similar vantage point, making it easy to see what has been gained and what has been lost at each location.
A map provides guidance in locating the sites under consideration. The website provides a rating by the authors on how much the changes have improved the neighbourhood and/or the city overall, but it also lets visitors rate the comparison, and provides an average on visitor ratings.
The website is not strictly about heritage preservation, but rather what goes down the drain when those older buildings are demolished and streets are denatured. The RBC building on Sparks Street is a good example. Could it be that Sparks Street has lost a chunk of its soul when dozens of shops and restaurants privately owned were replaced by a larger monolithic block?
Visit the Ottawa Past & Present website.
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