The wishful thinking of a couple of thousand diehard fans shouldn't stand in the way of a redevelopment that will better serve a much larger segment of the community. If we include Lebreton Flats and Lynx Stadium, we have three premium locations with which to develop projects that make some kind of economic sense, by either boosting local business development or tourism spending.Now, this isn't coming from a business guy (being a business guy is in conflict with our career goal to never have a job that requires having to tuck your shirt-tail in), but how did those spots get to be "premium locations" to begin with? It probably has a lot to do with having public space that brought people to those areas and encouraged businesses to settle there. High-rise apartments don't accomplish that.
Sorry, condo complexes that block out the sun and big boxes do not a livable city make. Arts and athletics do and so does having green space — and FYI to the OBJ, no one is going to want to watch baseball in a covered facility in the middle of July. That's part of why the Expos fell by the wayside.
(To clarify, the "wishful thinking" seems more in reference to the revival of the CFL in the Ottawa region, but come on.)
Time to employ some creative destruction (Ottawa Business Journal, Sept. 18)