Originally Posted by reidjr
In cases such as nepean/glucester there really already there own cities sure there part of ottawa but for a long time they were not so in many ways you could say there more like smaller cities then suburbs.
Gloucester is more like a smaller city than a suburb? I'd have to go ahead and disagree with you on that one. I can't see anything more than a massive L-shaped piece of sprawl hugging the old borders of the City of Ottawa with no discernable focus whatsoever.
Certainly the suburbs outside the Greenbelt need to develop city centres. Barrhaven, for the disaster that it is, at least has something it calls a city centre, complete with rapid transit. As for Orleans, there is perhaps some hope around the shopping centre/theatre.
Kanata needs to start over. Melnyk's entertainment centre plan around Scotiabank Place is probably making the best of a bad situation, but with the major high-tech employment areas already well-established up around March Road, it seems unlikely that you will ever have much of a nexus of employment/entertainment/residential by the arena.