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.

A second chance to walk it right

If you ride the transitway along Scott Street you will pass through Westboro Station. It looks pretty ordinary. But if you go up the... Read More

City’s blind eye to street furniture is a blessing for pedestrians

Our cities do provide some benches. They are often found in designated parks. In Ottawa, the NCC provides lots of benches in its... Read More

DARWIN: it’s time to demand better sidewalk experiences

A lot of civic money is spent installing and maintaining landscaping along some major city roads. This is particularly noticeable in... Read More

The Airport Bikeway is already here – the City just doesn’t want you to know it

In the last few weeks, I’ve had reason to head out to Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier Airport, not once, not twice, but three times. And... Read More

Let’s get lost: walking in a city where the paths have no name

[flickrslideshow acct_name=”spacing” id=”72157626981966048″] As an urban society, we have to shift our focus... Read More

WALKSPACE: The amazing hanging puddle and crowdsourcing our own MUP

The City is an amazing bureaucratic machine. It spends most of its time and resources promising, planning, and budgeting. All of that... Read More

Queen Street: making the mediocre even worse

The loss of amenity is noticeable when an attractive bit of the pedestrian realm or sidewalk is adversely affected by adjacent... Read More

WALKSPACE: We can do better than a self-effacing bridge

The City is conducting studies for the placement of a ped-cyclist bridge over the Rideau River connecting Somerset E to Donald Street... Read More