October 13, 2016, 10am PDT
The city of Ottawa's plan to make improvements to Elgin Street has elicited conflicting opinions between businesses, residents, and commuters on what should be prioritized in order to make a better street.
July 11, 2013, 2pm PDT
The federal government's controversial decision to scrap Canada's long-form census in 2011 and replace it with a voluntary household survey is coming home to roost, as cities across the country dismiss its skewed results.
December 21, 2012, 12pm PST
By unanimous vote, Ottawa's city council approved the contract to build a $2.1 billion light rail system for the Canadian capital this week, reports David Reevely. The vote comes after the failure of a similarly bold rail plan approved six years ago.
May 14, 2009, 12pm PDT
City councillors in Ottawa, Canada are caught up in a convoluted struggle over their ability to control the region's urban growth boundary.
November 14, 2008, 6am PST
The new master plan for Ottawa calls for a radical rethink of priorities, postponing at least $84 million in road building to focus on creating a 'compact, transit city'.
September 1, 2008, 1pm PDT
Sewage issues in Ottawa are bringing attention to the significant infrastructure problems associated with sprawl.
June 2, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Dimitri Roussopoulos of Urban Ecology and Capital Councillor Clive Doucet make the case that city planning in Ottawa ignores the smart growth plan in place, is driven by economics, and is not in the best interest of communities.</p>
May 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>To make North American cities more bicycle friendly, planners should look to Stockholm, Sweden and Freiburg, Germany -- two European cities were bikes and cars happily co-exist on the street.</p>
April 30, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A transportation official in Toronto is hoping to convince colleagues that the system should allow advertisers to buy naming rights for transit stops in the city as a way of increasing revenue, but many remain opposed.</p>
April 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Rural communities in Ottawa are being wiped out as urban trends take over the minds of developers and consumers. Rural residents are looking at ways to preserve the character of their communities.</p>
March 10, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This editorial argues that cities should build transit the way they used to build cathedrals: with a long-term mindset from the start.</p>
April 22, 2007, 11am PDT
<p>Amid recent talk amongst Canadian officials about the future of Canada's capital city, Ottawa, some say the government city is too square to become an international destination. But others see a way for Ottawa to "swagger".</p>
July 25, 2006, 3pm PDT
To coincide with the World Urban Forum, the Ottawa Citizen devotes most of their Sunday, June 18th newspaper to covering a host of urban issues, including slums, urban gardening, and the case for and against cities [links to 9 articles].
June 22, 2006, 5am PDT
We are entering the "urban century": the majority of the world's population now lives in an urban setting. Is this good or bad? An article presents the cases for and against cities.
May 18, 2005, 2pm PDT
Wal-Mart modified its standard store design to satisfy the City of Ottawa's requirements for a unique landscape and architectural design that fostered a pedestrian environment.
December 20, 2003, 11am PST
Housing consistency in Ottawa may be shattered by new legislation.
July 7, 2003, 12pm PDT
Vancouver, the city awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics, is a world model for urban design and quality of life. it is envied for its ability to develop attractive high-density downtown residential neighborhoods.
April 22, 2003, 9am PDT
It is time to realize that the 1950s dream of suburbia is over. The integration of shopping and homes with public transit is critical for reviving our cities.
September 27, 2002, 8am PDT
Ottawa's Greenbelt may be a "paradise" for its residents but some planner believe that it is a mistake and contributes to sprawl.
April 25, 2002, 11am PDT
A Canadian economist calls for urban growth boundaries to limit sprawl which threaten the country's economic health.