Archive for May 4th, 2012

Chernushenko: Time To Move On From Lansdowne Opposition

- May 4th, 2012

An interesting note from Capital Coun. David Chernushenko in his newsletter to residents:

Monday’s ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal against the Friends of Lansdowne effectively clears the way for the Lansdowne Partnership Plan to go ahead. This obviously comes as a disappointment for many residents of Capital Ward. We continue to believe that this plan — and the process behind it — are just too flawed to deserve such a major investment of public money and dedication of public space.

We have not been convinced that Lansdowne Park is the right place for a major new stadium, given its relatively poor transportation links, and we do not believe that more retail space is needed in this location. We also remain deeply concerned about the impact of additional daily traffic on the health, safety and social fabric of the residential neighbourhoods in the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East.

It is time, however, to move from a position of opposing the Lansdowne Partnership Plan outright to one of more constructive engagement. However unappealing this will sound to many, it is in the details that we must seek ways to refine and improve what is likely to be built.

There’s a longer response regarding the Lansdowne case on Chernushenko’s website.

That last paragraph above is sure to anger the Friends of Lansdowne.

At the Friends’ pub gathering Monday night, some talked to me about their disappointment in Chernushenko’s soft approach on Lansdowne. I suppose they juxtapose this with former councillor Clive Doucet’s strong, and often emotional, opposition to the redevelopment plan. Interestingly, those Friends supporters are scouting from within who could run against Chernushenko in 2014.

It has been hard to quantify how many pledge allegiance to the Friends. The group says it has 7,000 supporters, so they could be a political threat if more turn against Chernushenko.

Raised Bike Lanes For Churchill Ave.

- May 4th, 2012

Churchill Ave. will be torn up this year to renew the underground infrastructure and receive a facelift on the surface.

You’ll notice the city is installing a raised cycling lane between the sidewalk and the road. It’s not quite a segregated bike lane like the one on Laurier Ave., but it removes cyclists from traffic and Churchill Ave. is a busy, narrow street.

“Everything we do, I’m pushing for cycling,” Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said.

As roads are torn up under the city’s massive reconstruction program, we could see more of this kind of cycling infrastructure.

Avid cyclists will be able to point out other areas that have a similar raised lane in Ottawa, but the street that immediately came to mind for me was this small stretch of Percy St. between Centretown and the Glebe.