Today’s Letters: Pros and Cons of the Lansdowne Proposal for Ottawa

Wednesday, June 8: Readers disagree on Landowne 2.0. And – why didn’t the storm knock down the construction cranes? You can write to us at [email protected]

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Why the council should support Lansdowne’s proposal?

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As a former councilor who championed the first phase of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment, I have witnessed tremendous citywide support for the new Lansdowne. This is a vast improvement over the asphalt sea that was old Lansdowne. My only regret from my years in office is that we were unable to rebuild all of Lansdowne’s public properties in one go, including the North Side Stands and Civic Centre.

I am pleased to see that the plan to finish what we started would ensure that taxpayers across the city are not burdened by the next phase, as the project would move forward thanks to the increasing taxes generated by the much-needed housing on the property, the sale of air rights and a ticket surcharge. In addition to more housing, we will also see affordable housing. In addition to increased density, we get better locations, more entertainment, cultural events and tourism, plus jobs that will make our city proud. Small businesses are thriving along Bank Street and people are excited about the prospect of more activity in Lansdowne.

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We all know that these centenary assets will eventually need to be revamped, so I encourage the council to support this proposal to improve the use of Lansdowne for decades to come.

Bob Monette, former alderman and deputy mayor

Who can afford to live in Lansdowne?

It is my impression that Lansdowne is still a public space owned by Ottawa. Me, my friends and family don’t know anyone who can afford to live in one of the apartments in Lansdowne. Now the mayor and some councilors want to allow the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to build more housing so its partners can get rich? hmm.

Bruce Saunders, Ottawa

City mishandled Lansdowne’s future

Re: Critics turn to an all-too-familiar playbook on Ottawa’s Lansdowne 2.0, June 4.

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So one of the OSEG partners thinks that opponents of Lansdowne 2.0 are using a ‘playbook’. Barely.

It is the city that has been toying with this development since it cheated the citizen by suddenly canceling the design competition. In other words, this was ‘sourced only’. That gave OSEG the “stranglehold” and left the city without negotiating power. This development has not worked and will not work, for the public good, especially since it will never really “fit” on this site as it becomes more and more commercialized.

This is not the developers’ fault; they just do what developers do. It’s all because of the poor treatment of our city.

Brian Tansey, Ottawa

Why have cranes weathered the storm so well?

Recent storms have damaged buildings and brought down trees, hydroelectric pylons and water towers. However, I have not seen or read any damage to tower cranes, of which 20 to 30 must be in use in Ottawa. I can see 14 from the window of my apartment alone.

They all look undamaged and in active use. How is it that such tall, slender towers, with their long slender booms, withstood the storm when hydrotowers, with their flared pedestals and no booms, were knocked down? Perhaps one of your researchers/writers can research and present a piece to explain this, and what lessons can be learned from power tower construction.

David Welch, Ottawa

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