King St West Update

IMG_2501DxO2 In Brockville’s SW corner, King St W from Rivers Ave to the City limits at the Country Club is milled and storm drains and utility covers are reset. Repaving will start soon. Expect the reconfigured, renovated and upgraded entry to the City to be complete within a few weeks. It’ll be more welcoming and friendly to all with a reconfiguration of lanes that will benefit those using the sidewalks, or cycling or driving. This will be augmented with similar treatment from the Counties that will extend the lane configuration from the City limits out to Grants Creek.  Brockville’s first bike lanes are almost a reality!  Details previously posted here.

Streetside Spots Create Urban Oases In Ottawa

Photo by Joanne Chianello, CBC
Photo by Joanne Chianello, CBC

Even while Ottawa’s formal “complete streets” policy takes root and projects quickly ramp up, small projects with a tactical urbanism flair are sweeping neighbourhoods and BIA’s.  In the Quartier Vanier BIA, one of Ottawa’s approved “streetside spots” features a parking spot turned into a patio.  This is one of eleven for this year, out of twenty five the city was prepared to approve.

Quartier Vanier BIA’s steetside spot on Beechwood Avenue features a wooden patio arrangement designed by Carleton University architecture students, and has proven to be an instance hit as a neighbourhood social spot.  Read more here.