The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved pathways.
Note to participants: the weather forecast indicates a chance of light rain. The walk will take place rain or shine. Dress accordingly and bring an umbrella if you have one.
Interested in how cities might work in the future? Wondering how expanding public transit options might change local neighbourhoods? Join us for a walking tour of one of Ottawa's most walkable neighbourhoods and a favourite restaurant area, hosted by Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau, in the spirit of the late urbanist Jane Jacobs.
On this walk, we'll look at the current features of the Preston St neighbourhood, how the local geography has influenced its character, and how it is expected to evolve given recent and upcoming changes to the local transportation options and local development proposals. Ottawa's new LRT is under construction, and will open next year, adding an east-west transit rail option that will interconnect with the north-south O-Train. The concentration of public transit and relaxed rules around density of residential developments near transit stations promise to bring significant changes to this walkable neighbourhood. Some examples that we will discuss include the new Civic Hospital site just west of Preston & Carling, Gladstone Village (a seven-acre site for mixed-income housing), and the proposal for a new arena for the Ottawa Senators at Lebreton Flats.
Walk leader Chris Bradshaw has a few stories from the street and from his days in the Planning Dept. that will help illustrate how designs actually develop. He is currently promoting a new vision of on-the-fly car-sharing that he hopes will appeal to suburban residents, which we can also discuss. Bring your experiences and suggestions to share, and we will all come away with new ideas!
The walk is free, but participants must register beforehand as attendance is limited. If you are attending the Mensa conference, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org to register. If you are not with the conference, please email 'Jane.'.
The walk will go generally north from Carling Station. We will walk along Preston St. or sometimes along the Trillium Walk which runs alongside the O-Train line. We'll end near the Bayview O-Train Station.
Chris Bradshaw has long experience with urban planning and design from various perspectives. For two decades, he served as community relations officer for the Planning Dept. at the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. As founder and president of Ottawalk (1988-2000), he worked as an advocate for walkability and usable design for pedestrian infrastructure. As co-founder and co-manager of the car-sharing company Vrtucar (2000-2006), he made car-sharing a practical reality for urban residents (Vrtucar is now part of CommunAuto).
Chris as lived in Ottawa for over forty years (more than thirty of those in the downtown area), and he is a long-time walk leader for Jane's Walk in Ottawa.
To find out more about Jane’s Walk, visit www.janeswalkottawa.ca.
Chris Bradshaw's blog can be found at www.hearthhealth.wordpress.com. He has posted the transcript of Jane Jacobs' talk when she was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize by the Green Building Council in Washington, D.C.
Many thanks to OCTranspo for their
assistance in presenting this walk.