Here is an article for you to read, folks.
EMC News Ottawa East
Lansdowne design panel seeks public input
Posted Jan 22, 2010 By Desmond Devoy[url=http://www.emcottawaeast.ca/20100122/news/Lansdowne+design+panel+seeks+public+input]http://www.emcottawaeast.ca/20100122/ne ... blic+input[/url]
Urban designer and landscape architect, George Dark wasted no time in expressing what
he felt were important things to consider when redesigning the park from its current state.
Here are some of the similarities I saw that compare
to our Hamilton situation that I got out of this article.
"There's absolutely no sense in building a stadium that will only be used a few days of the year," said Dark.
...he noted that civic space had to be connected to the community, as well
..."I would include the culture of sport," in that equation, said Dark.
and vice versa, that is why the Pan Am operating committee
is likely going to locate a multi-purpose Pan Am/Ticat stadium
in the most critical civic space in Hamilton, our downtown,
to help the businesses already there and stimuate new ones
not in a farmer's field or beside highway # 403 or the Link
where a car is the only way to get to the businesses nearby.
The design committee will look at three specific areas:
the proposed waterfront park, the future of Frank Clair stadium,
and the residential/commercial component of the project,
"bringing all three of those elements together," said Coun. Hume.
Waterfront, commercial residential..Sounds like our proposed new stadium.
"Roger Greenberg, the longtime frontman for the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
...repeated his assertion that the Live plan
was not just a way to bring (CFL) football back
to Ottawa, but as a way to help
revamp "a money-draining eyesore."
Like the Rheem factory site and neaby land which has been
zoned for residential development with no takers for a long time.
..."We want to build something that will make us all proud," said Greenberg, something that will bring people to the area, not just on CFL game days,
but all year-round.
A multi-purpose development on the Rheem site would make me proud of our city
and hopefully, it would bring people to our downtown, not just on CFL game days.
"Today, it's a parking lot.
It's a flat expanse of asphalt
with buildings that are falling down,
a place that has lost its way," Dark said.
Just as the Rheem location is a patch of weedy land,
railway tracks and a building that is falling down.