Short-term Pain? Long-term Gain?

Traffic-routesBy Joe Pareskevas

The transformation of Old Ottawa East is beginning. Over the next two years, Main Street and the surrounding area will become a huge construction zone. Before a decade is up, the development of the Oblate lands surrounding Saint Paul University is expected to be complete.

Will construction of these mega-projects stay on schedule? How often will it test the patience of residents and business owners? How will the community emerge? Better? More modern? Or yearning for the good old days?

The comments on this page and the graphics here and inside the paper are drawn from the public open house May 11 that preceded construction’s start. Care to add your thoughts or photos? You can reach us at: editor.mainstreeter@gmail.com, on our Facebook page or via Twitter (@MainstreeterOtt).

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“I feel for the people with new traffic in front of their houses. We’ll have to remember these people when we’re…throwing parties, for example. Being neighbourly is important. The commute is definitely a concern.”
Jamie, Letchworth Road
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“I think (the city is) dreaming in technicolor. It seems like they’re expecting people to change their mode of transportation, or the time at which they’re travelling.”
Sheila, Elliot Avenue
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“Things are difficult right now. There’s going to have to be a lot of compromise, but it’s short-term pain for long-term gain. I think it’s really good that there are going to be two lanes instead of four, and I’m enthusiastic about the turning lanes. The new gates, I think, will offer more visibility, which is a problem at the moment. I’m not very happy about Marlowe, but I understand why it’s necessary. The buses have to go somewhere. Still, it’s going to be really hard to sneak down Marlowe. There are children playing on these streets, and school buses going by, so I worry about their safety sometimes. The city can plan all they like, but at the end of the day it’s up to the residents to report it if they see anything dangerous going on.”
Robert, Marlowe Crescent
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“I’m a cyclist, and whatever they can do to make it safer is warranted and appreciated. … I’ve heard people complaining about the slow traffic, but in my opinion that’s a good thing. I really hope they don’t waste too much money on the art. It just isn’t worth it. I’m also really hoping that it will attract more local business.”
Carol, Lees Avenue
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“I do question their traffic plan, and the re-routing of the buses. I really hope that they’ll be able to fix any issues that crop up.”
Deborah, Elliot Avenue

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