Eric Darwin writes the popular blog West Side Action, and is active in community planning initiatives. He is president of the Dalhousie Community Association and has a background in geography, transportation, and was an entrepreneur.

WALKSPACE: Drowning the Good Neighbour

The weather was atrocious. Mind you, the design of our streets doesn’t help. Our carefully engineered sidewalks deliver the wetfoot... Read More

WALKSPACE: Gunning it to Greely with Ottawa’s traffic engineers

Faithful readers will recall the many posts on Bronson Avenue. How it is so poorly designed for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists... Read More

Small Downtown Moves

Editor’s note: Part 1 of this article was posted earlier this week The City of Ottawa “Downtown Moves” process has a number of... Read More

Inside Downtown Moves

The City is running a study to produce an integrated urban design and transportation strategy for the future of downtown Ottawa... Read More

DARWIN: City takes tact lesson from the NCC

Recall the kerfuffle about the NCC closing and then reopening the Preston “Extension”, and then closing it again, then tossing he... Read More

ParkMobiles: a perfect fit for winter cities

Quick, time to employ your detective powers! Just what is shown in the above picture? Do you see two people sitting on a bench built... Read More

How condo developers are snubbing the public street – with help from the City

Large property development firms are seldom compared to little domesticated birds. But in some ways they are canaries in the coal... Read More

Trip hazards and visual clutter: boxed in by the grey intruders

The City is the prime controller of the pedestrian environment. It can make it better, a little bit at a time, and we will eventually... Read More