Thursday Evening Happy Thoughts

And there are three of them:

1) Reevely gives a shout out to OCTranspo head Alan Mercier’s meeting with the Citizen’s editorial board. I haven’t listened to the audio yet, but will (and so should you), but there is a reason for cautious optimism: ” [H]e wants to make sure everyone knows diesel fuel is neither environmentally sound nor likely to stay cheap.”  See, someone gets it.

2) Further to my post, Watawa Life takes a very detailed look at the Somorset Mural. His is a good photoblog, and his post is a reminder of the detail in the things we walk past every day.

3) OttawaStart publicizes next tuesday’s meeting on the future of Centretown Movies, which sadly announced a couple of months ago that its current core of volunteers is moving on and is in search of new blood. I’m one of the “several people” that has expressed interest in keeping the project going, but am unsure of how much time I will be able to commit, especially since I may not even be in the province for much of August. In any case, the film festival is one of the city’s hidden gems, encouraging people to come out and mingle, reminding them that public spaces have a value beyond to let the dog run, and a chance to see some really great movies.

Spacing visits Ottawa

Shawn Micallef of the excellent Spacing Magazine visited Ottawa a few weeks ago- you can read his thoughts here.

It’s always nice to get an outside perspective on where you live (especially when he literally walks through your neighbourhood)- particularly when it reinforces what you already see. I like Ottawa a lot, and Centretown certainly feels like home, but there are really two Ottawa’s: the one you see on T.V. for national events like Remembrance day, and then everything south of Queen St., which too often trades on the reputation of the former. I tend to think that the former is bland and sterile, and see so much wasted potential in the latter.

Down goes the Duke

So, as it looks more and more like the Duke of Somorset is going to have to come down (though the story gets more and more interesting), I thought I’d take a second to post the following, a mural on the east side of the building.

I’m actually not so concerned about the loss of the building- it’s nice enough, but I really don’t think that it intrinsically adds much to the street , and something new would be a good opportunity to add to the street and neighbourhood. But I will miss the mural which, as it is on the side that is least stable, is almost certain to disappear, and with it make the street a little less interesting.

In other news: I wish that I had heard about the merchants protest earlier, as I totally would have gone to see what is what, though the idea of a business protest seems on the surface kind of counter-intuitive.

Like the image? Check out more at my flickr page.