It has been a really nice autumn in Ottawa, and last fin de la semaine (Michael: that translates to ‘weekend’) was no exception. Sunny crisp weather, temperatures I wished we could have throughout the winter. It makes cycling so much more pleasant. Often we take the bicycle to Parkdale Market. It is one of those succesfully revitilised places, where an open air market, a park with a wade pool and a small stage make the area feel welcoming. It is also cycling and pedestrian friendly.
There is a plan to build an enormous high rise at the north end, where the one story art gallery is located, but I cannot imagine that would ever happen as it would completely ruin the village within a city concept. It will take sun light away, make the place windier and unattractive. Although I support intensification of the city, Parkdale Market should not have a 20 story tower right at the edge. I can see a six story building, with the four top stories a wee set back, with small terraces at the bottom – that side would be south facing- and terraces could be open well into November.
With a bit rich fantasy, Parkdale Market has the potential to become a bit of Paris in Ottawa and it shouldn’t be spoiled by buildings, sticking out like a sore thumb. Here are a few pictures from October 23.