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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 2:20 PM
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Ottawa as the capital should be held to a higher standard for streetscaping and maintenance. I remember when I lived there The Feds contributing to the much need rehabbing of the capital area about 15 years ago but, it doesn't look like that has been expanded upon or even maintained. The granite sidewalks were holding up quite well but the asphalt by Elgin was in appalling condition.
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^^^ Agreed.

Toronto, as the capital of Ontario, should be held to a higher standard too...
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Ottawa is kind of like a movie set. There's that NCC circle formed by Wellington St., Laurier St. in Gatineau and then Mackenzie/Sussex plus Confederation square. That looks suitably grand for TV.

You go one block away, though, and it looks like a standard Canadian mid-sized city.

That's okay, though. Ottawa is, at best, the fourth most important city in a medium-sized country. It's also a metro of just over a million on a continent where similar-sized cities tend to be pretty middling (big exception: New Orleans).

There's also some "grandeur" in the form of scenic, manicured parkways and drives in the suburbs, which was the 20th century response to creating a showcase capital.
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Ottawa is kind of like a movie set. There's that NCC circle formed by Wellington St., Laurier St. in Gatineau and then Mackenzie/Sussex plus Confederation square. That looks suitably grand for TV.

You go one block away, though, and it looks like a standard Canadian mid-sized city.

That's okay, though. Ottawa is, at best, the fourth most important city in a medium-sized country. It's also a metro of just over a million on a continent where similar-sized cities tend to be pretty middling (big exception: New Orleans).

There's also some "grandeur" in the form of scenic, manicured parkways and drives in the suburbs, which was the 20th century response to creating a showcase capital.
"Town vs Crown" - the story of Ottawa. "Crown" is beautiful and sometimes spectacular. "Town", imho, tends to punch at or below its weight.
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 4:53 PM
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A few snaps of the skyline coming in to Horseshoe Bay a few days ago.



the bay 6 by Andrew Rochfort, on Flickr



the bay 3 by Andrew Rochfort, on Flickr



the bay 5 by Andrew Rochfort, on Flickr



the bay 2 by Andrew Rochfort, on Flickr
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 4:54 PM
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Ottawa is kind of like a movie set. There's that NCC circle formed by Wellington St., Laurier St. in Gatineau and then Mackenzie/Sussex plus Confederation square. That looks suitably grand for TV.

You go one block away, though, and it looks like a standard Canadian mid-sized city.

That's okay, though. Ottawa is, at best, the fourth most important city in a medium-sized country. It's also a metro of just over a million on a continent where similar-sized cities tend to be pretty middling (big exception: New Orleans).

There's also some "grandeur" in the form of scenic, manicured parkways and drives in the suburbs, which was the 20th century response to creating a showcase capital.
Not sure how it will be received on here, but beyond the respective "parliamentaty precincts" (where Ottawa wins), among Canadian capitals I find Quebec City arguably as much or even more capital-esque grandeur as Ottawa does.

In both cases it's admittedly a work in progress, but even on that front there seems to be more work going on in Quebec City than in Ottawa. (Unless people want to count LRT as capital-esque grandeur.)
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^ amazing Van shots!


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Not sure how it will be received on here, but beyond the respective "parliamentaty precincts" (where Ottawa wins), among Canadian capitals I find Quebec City arguably as much or even more capital-esque grandeur as Ottawa does.

In both cases it's admittedly a work in progress, but even on that front there seems to be more work going on in Quebec City than in Ottawa. (Unless people want to count LRT as capital-esque grandeur.)
Quebec City - "town" wins (if we stick to the core)
Ottawa - advantage "Crown".
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:26 PM
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Quebec City - "town" wins (if we stick to the core)
Ottawa - advantage "Crown".
Yeah, though Quebec City's "Crown" is no slouch either.

But I find that neighbourhood streets like Avenue Cartier in Quebec City are better than any in Ottawa. Thinking of Rideau and Bank in particular, and even Ottawa's "best" which is arguably Richmond through Westboro.
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P2130603 by Athena Gala on flickr
One of the best photos and one of the best angles of the skyline yet. There's just so much going on, so many layers.
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^would be fun to plug that hole between Deloitte and TDC though
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^would be fun to plug that hole between Deloitte and TDC though
Train tracks + Bell Center will make that hard to happen. Maybe that 50-storeys project on Lucien-L'Allier, or will it just be in front of TDC ?

It's a great "busy" skyline photo. There's a little bit of everything there.
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^would be fun to plug that hole between Deloitte and TDC though

Isn't there a plan by C.N to cover up the tracks and build towers above it?
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Old Posted Jul 17, 2017, 9:50 PM
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^If you're talking about plans to build atop Central Station then yes, it would cover that "gap", and due to its location could easily become the city's new tallest building.

However there are currently no plans to build there. Everybody knows though that it's only a matter of time before someone decides to build there. It's just too strategic.
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Pretty Peg Pictures, and Montreal is always lookin' good. Van is a beauty.
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Oh dear, why do I pine so for Berlin when it has such a substandard skyline?


blah blah boring bullshit

Why would you even post on a thread LITERALLY ABOUT SKYLINES???


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Oh dear, why do I pine so for Berlin when it has such a substandard skyline?

Can it be because I don't confuse internet skyline photos with an interesting city?

I should probably go to ______ instead of Berlin: _______ has a much better skyline!

Or..

Can you guys recommend a tinfoil construction helmet that can make me appreciate the awesomeness of internet skyline photos? - without having to actually go to the boring city associated with the skyline photos?

Can I just head to the outskirts, take a picture of the skyline, avoid the boring city?

I would hate to confuse a great skyline with an interesting city, as I did with Houston.

It sucks when you go to a city with a 'great skyline' and that city ends up being a boring piece of shit.

Sidewalks rolled up after..

But at least you can look at the skyline - if you drive back to a skyline viewable spot.

This boring city/ 'great' skyline thingy has me so confused..

Do people actually yearn for cities based on internet skyline photos or do they yearn based on other, less sophisticated reasons? (Skylines, urban canyons being top of the heap as far as fascinating cities are concerned).

It's all so confusing..
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This is a great shot. Winnipeg is definitely the most American-looking city in Canada. Not many people would suspect you of duplicity if you said this was in Nebraska or Iowa.
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Old Posted Jul 18, 2017, 4:16 AM
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I literally just got back from Chicago a few hours ago and that Winnipeg pic looks surprisingly familiar. It really is American looking.
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