City wants to tweak Sparks Street oversight, pursue public realm plan
Ottawa Citizen

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, June 30, 2016

The complicated oversight structure for Ottawa’s historic pedestrian mall won’t be streamlined in a proposed tweak to the governance of Sparks Street, but at least the city wants to get moving on a plan to improve the commercial strip.

Sparks Street is managed by a Sparks Street Mall “authority” and a “Business Improvement Area” group.

The authority, which is in charge of all aspects of Sparks Street, from program permits to where to put benches, dates back 51 years.