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07-20-2011, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by smithy View Post
I think the Lansdowne redevelopment is a HUGE mistake. Corruption allegations aside, it is simply poor urban planning.

Bank Street and the NCC parkways can't handle the vast amount of traffic that the development will bring to the area. A stadium should be in an accessible place, if not off the Queensway then at a transit hub like Bayview or Hurdman. Lansdowne meets neither of these conditions. This is a really big problem for everyone, not just residents of the Glebe, and once the shovels start digging this mistake will not be reversible for decades. That will be a much greater cost than having to put up with the parking lot for another few years until a much better proposal comes along (and it would).

What should be done is the city should do a land swap with the NCC, e.g. Lansdowne for the area around Hurdman. The NCC can develop Lansdowne properly into a fantastic park that commemorates each of the provinces along its UNESCO Heritage Rideau Canal, and the people of OSEG can take their retail/stadium project to a place that is actually accessible to most of the city.

If you want CFL, fine. But this proposal is not the way to do it. Don't be fooled by the promise of football.
The stadium has been there for over 100 years, traffic wasn't an issue before(unless of course you live in the glebe and don't like seeing cars parked on a city street in front of your house).

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