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Old Posted Aug 24, 2019, 5:49 AM
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I though something was fishy with the after picure - I couldn't even match one element from the original picture, even the street grid didn't match up.

Good job City of Gatineau with that tweet! Close but no cigar. The view is just from around the corner. In fact, that mill is still mostly standing...



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A couple recent finds from Facebook.





Sad after of the same view as above:



And one from those rarely-photographed in-between periods. The Central Slum (surrounding photographer) is already gone, but the Downtown West End (buildings at centre) still exist. Almost all of them were later demolished for highway off-ramps.

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The word brutal comes to mind.
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Old Posted Sep 11, 2019, 3:36 PM
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Ottawa 1966.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

vs. similar view around 2012.


https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-...e-ecodistrict/

This is an imperfect comparison because a few significant projects have been completed since 2012 such as the James Flahery Building at 90 Elgin, the National Arts Centre expansion and the new glass domed House of Commons within the West Block courtyard.
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Ottawa 1966.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

vs. similar view around 2012.


https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-...e-ecodistrict/

This is an imperfect comparison because a few significant projects have been completed since 2012 such as the James Flahery Building at 90 Elgin, the National Arts Centre expansion and the new glass domed House of Commons within the West Block courtyard.
In all honesty, as an overall skyline view it hasn't really changed *that* much in over 50 years. Even if I take into consideration buildings that have been added since 2012.

Also note that the article says that those apartments being torn down (Roxborough?) will be replaced by some kind of museum. But a museum was never built on that site - it's now Confederation Park I believe, which covers the entire space between Elgin St. and the Rideau Canal.
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In all honesty, as an overall skyline view it hasn't really changed *that* much in over 50 years. Even if I take into consideration buildings that have been added since 2012.

Also note that the article says that those apartments being torn down (Roxborough?) will be replaced by some kind of museum. But a museum was never built on that site - it's now Confederation Park I believe, which covers the entire space between Elgin St. and the Rideau Canal.
It was to be the site of a science museum. I suppose that's why the Science & Technology Museum is now in a former bread factory in the east end...
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Hamilton in the 1860s


Hamilton 1860s by VintageHamilton, on Facebook

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Very interesting article in the Ottawa paper though....
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A few old scenes from a book published for Canadian motorists touring the newest province.

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The Nova Scotia Archives recently posted some "then and now" aerial photos. It looks to me like the new ones are 2018 and the old ones are early to mid 1930's. They do not exactly line up (this would be pretty challenging for an aerial) but they are pretty close.

The north side of downtown


A modern view that extends south an extra block or two


South End ocean terminals area. Probably Queen Mary?




Far North End, showing the area that was devastated by the Halifax Explosion


A much wider shot


There are many more aerials here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsarchives/
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South End ocean terminals area. Probably Queen Mary?
Queen Mary had 3 stacks. Based on the windows and portholes, life boats, and other details that looks like it was the RMS Olympic (one of Titanic's sister ships). She was in service until the mid-1930s.


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A few from FB.

The Central Slum before demolition.







During:



And what the poor were forced into:

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Found where they're from. Memorial Archives.

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I wonder how old those buildings in the slum were? If you look at the second BW photo in Singnalhillhiker's post, the building in the middle had a foundation made of stone which makes me guess that building was already a 100 years old when that photo was taken.
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Would much of the area not have been destroyed in the fire of 1892?
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KW - most of that area survived the Great Fire. It started pretty much directly uphill from the Central Slum, and then moved northeast. Some portions of it were destroyed, but rebuilt even worse.

itom - that area of the city would've been developed relatively early. It's only a block or two from Water Street, which existed in the 1500s. We had a couple centuries of being not much more than Water/Duckworth ("Lower Path" and "Upper Path" respectively, with mainly warehouse-style buildings related to the fishery on them). So if I had to guess I'd say the oldest slum houses were from the mid-1700s (certainly by the 1760s, they were starting). We have a couple of more upper-class houses surviving from the early 1800s and they have many of the same features, just nicer.

Anyhow, this map of the 1892 fire path is very amateur, but accurate. The street grid is current, not how it was, but basically between LeMarchant and New Gower was the Central Slum.


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One cute tidbit this Remembrance Day.



This is the first year when our National War Memorial is a National Historic Site of Canada. Usually they don't "commemorate commemorations" - but ours is so old (one of the first National War Memorials) AND it has something in it inspired by the Canadian poem In Flander's Fields that the Feds have decided it can squeak through the rules. Cool stuff. BTW, I can't remember specifically what it is - an inscription, or an image, or something, but it was explicitly credited to the poem back when this was built.

Anyhow, this might seem like a little thing but people here are very excited about it. There's something... validating about it... to the people who care about such things.

And this morning at sunrise:



The crowds have gotten bigger over the years. Good to see, especially considering our Memorial Day is July 1 so we basically have Remembrance Day-style commemorations twice every year. July 1 is bigger, but November 11 is still huge too.



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^ Thanks for posting this. Very cool.
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