Sometimes I wish I had become an urban planner since Ottawa clearly requires some major revamping. In 2005 or 2006, I read an article in the Ottawa Citizen about the eyesores of Ottawa. Guess who came in 1st place? The City Centre building, and for good reason! That building, possibly built around the 1950’s or 60’s is really grotesque, but it has potential! In Toronto, the old Tip Top Tailors headquarters was transformed into lofts-condos. Now why doesn’t Ottawa do that to the City Centre? They can even keep the run down red sign like the Tip Top Tailors building. The City Centre is not located in the middle of nowhere and therefore it would be logical to do something with it. Take the O-Train on Bayview and you’ll have a great view of the building alongside the cool slums surrounding it. So for all you planners who have some say in the City of Ottawa’s offices, please, pass this message along!
Tip Top Tailors Lofts-Condos