Originally Posted by KHOOLE
They come here and spend money here to see historical buildings, historical structures like the Rideau Canal, historical areas like the Market, Chinatown and Little Italy and, yes, green space and parks.
I don't know anybody who has visited a city, let alone Ottawa, because of its parks and greenspace. Not even New York which has Central Park and Bryant Park. If Ottawa had parks like that, or even like High Park or Centre Island in Toronto, I'd be there a few times per month. Our idea of a park is that piece of grass next to the war museum that the NCC calls Lebreton Flats Park.
On the topic of the public service cuts, I think some good can come of it. This could lead some people into entrepreneurship. OCRI aka Invest Ottawa should already be trying to promote entrepreneurship specifically to public servants. Nevertheless, I actually think Invest Ottawa is going in the right direction in diversifying the industries they promote. Aside from tourism, film, television, and digital media has potential. We already host the largest animation festival in North America, attracting people from around the world. Why not leverage that exposure? If we also had a renouned animation program at one of our colleges and univerisities animation would have big potential.
I also wonder why we have the most rural land of any city in Canada, but we haven't found a way to put it to use and build the economy.