Residents on the west side of Lowertown have an interactive art work in their sights 24-7. The colour and brilliance of the spires of Notre-Dame Cathedral transform continuously. On bright summer days, they reflect blindingly white rays. They turn peach at sunrise and mauve at sunset. They're often sterling silver or steel grey. Rarely, they appear green--which they were for a fleeting few minutes this morning. And, at dusk, we often enjoy this wondrous sight--the interior of the spires alight in gold.
Lowertown residents and visitors have been experiencing this artwork for over 150 years, a thought that is truly awesome.
Post and photo by Michelle Ramsay-Borg
Written by Michelle Ramsay-Borg; photos by Greta Grip
Waller Mall, which runs between Rideau and George east of Dalhousie, was yarn-bombed on February 10th by Lowertown resident Greta Grip. The art installation, which is supported by the City of Ottawa, is meant to be up until the end of March. Greta recounts that while she was putting up the yarn sleeves, a man asked if he could take one tonight if he's cold. Greta, who is as warm and welcoming as her work, said yes. By the way, wasn't the sky an impossible blue today?
The Lowertown Community Association depends on volunteers to accomplish its goals.
We have a great contingent of volunteers who contribute from a few hours per month to about a day a week to help out in a variety of roles and capacities, but we need more. If you would like to volunteer for any of the positions listed below, complete the short contact form on the Volunteer page or send an email to email@example.com. Please mention which position or committee interests you most.
Written by Liz Bernstein
This week Lowertown community members invited Councillor Mathieu Fleury to join us on a winter walkability audit. Led by John Woodhouse, we gathered on William Street and noted issues with the construction barricades up for the LRT station and delivery trucks when parked in front of the Highlander which prohibited pedestrian access. It would be easy to move the patio to accommodate all.
We then went through the Market. Some of the great ice sculptures placed on the sidewalk could be better placed in a parking spot. On Clarence/Parent we noted one blocking the sidewalk coupled with a truck for work on the building that made it impassable. Some of the snow that was cleared was actually piled in the crosswalk on Clarence. We also noted some large A-frame signs on William and Clarence, blocking passage.
We then went on Guigues Street to King Edward Avenue and up York Street. Besides these issues, we noted sidewalk snow clearing seemed better than last year during our walk in January 2014.
What do you think about snow clearing for pedestrians this year?
Written by Jan-François Grabowiecki
Taking a stroll through Lowertown, it's easy to spot several recent and important changes to our neighbourhood's physical layout. Parks have been revitalized, main arteries rebuilt, and several large residential structures have been built - just to name a few. But how has the group of residents who call Lowertown home changed over the years?
Written by Nancy Miller Chenier; photo by Michelle Ramsay-Borg
York Street gets its name from that “Grand Old Duke of York” referenced in the familiar children’s nursery rhyme. When Colonel By founded Bytown and laid out the street plan for Lowertown, Prince Frederick, second son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, was the Duke of York and Albany. Although this duke died in 1827, the title lives on in Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
In Colonel By’s early plan, York Street was 120 feet wide and was the only thoroughfare other than Rideau to extend to King Street (now King Edward Avenue). In the 1840s, York Street was the dividing line for Lowertown’s two political wards. In 1850, money was allocated to build a plank sidewalk on the south side and to macadamize the roadway with a layer of stone compacted by a dust and water mixture. Around 1909, York Street was opened for traffic from King Street to Chapel Street.
Thanks to the support of both longstanding and new advertisers, our community newspaper has taken two leaps forward this month.
For the first time, the February-March 2015 edition of The Lowertown Echo - L'Écho de la Basse-Ville includes four colour pages. Another first: it's being delivered by Canada Post. This allows us to reach all the residential addresses in Lowertown, including apartments and condos – a total of 7,100 homes. As usual, some copies will be available at select locations around Lowertown. You can also view it online.
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Written by Michelle Ramsay-Borg