I’m looking at an old black and white photograph of Mackenzie Avenue, just before I walk down its short length, heading north towards the National Gallery. Were I to step into this 1938 snapshot, I imagine the first thing I would notice is the relative tranquility. As with just about everywhere else in Ottawa, there is a frenetic air to contemporary Mackenzie, construction bollards stretching off on both sides as far as I can see. In the photograph, once past the two large buildings on the corner at Rideau – the Chateau Laurier and the Daly building as was – there is only cleared space on either side. The east side of Sussex Drive is visible its entire length. Not so now. In the photo, one can see why Lady Aberdeen had plans for this to be a ceremonial drive, not a commuter bottleneck.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/jenkins-from-condos-to-a-park-a-walk-down-mackenzie-avenue
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