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Across the Ottawa Spaces – 23 September 2013

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Eric Darwin speculates on several possible fates for the Talent O-Train consists once the new Alstom trains are in service, and also discusses the new safety fencing proposed for the Hickory Street footbridge.

At Vanier Now, Rachel Muston brings up the topic of bicycling as activism.

Urbsite tells the tale of how the Esplanade Laurier and Place Bell towers happened to join the Centretown cityscape…and how they’re linked to projects elsewhere in Ontario.

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, David Reevely notes the accidental rediscovery of a cemetery on the site of what’s currently the northern end of Elgin Street. For more details, check out this OttawaStart entry.  Also of interest, Reevely further comments on the issues tied up in scheduling public consultations on just about any urban issue you’d care to name.

Images of Centretown notes more casualties in the ongoing battle between the city’s tree cover and the emerald ash borer.

Ottawa Past and Present focuses upon the former site of the Grand Union Hotel on Elgin Street.

There are three groups on Facebook recently brought to our attention that might be of interest to Ottawa-area Spacing readers: Lost Ottawa, devoted to the photographic history of the city of Ottawa; a group devoted to rescuing the World Exchange Plaza Cinema from what appears to be an immenent shutdown at this writing; and Ottawa Type, which addresses notable signage design across Ottawa.