LeBreton Flats Revitalization: Competing Narratives of Canada's Capital City by @globalsiteplans
When it comes to identity, Ottawa, Ontario is still in the questioning phase. As the capital city of Canada, this once-small logging and lumber town must continuously stand up to the responsibility of being a fair, inclusive and even impressive representation of the entire country. Just like every city though, it is the setting for the unfolding lives of ordinary people, and is home to challenged social groups like recent immigrants and homeless people. I was half-expecting these tensions to play out when I attended a recent open-house presenting design proposals for LeBreton Flats , a former industrial site on the Ottawa River that now sits empty. The event was organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), a body responsible for a wide range of development, preservation, and programming designed to communicate the capital’s national significance to Canadians and vis...