The library site is good – let’s move on to bigger challenges
Ottawa Citizen

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By Mohamed Adam, Ottawa Citizen, December 22, 2016

Memo to Ottawa: Please don’t turn the plan for a new central library into another circus. After the farce that was the Civic hospital site selection, let’s not turn the choice of 557 Wellington St. for a landmark new library into another debacle. We have an excellent site at the western gateway to the city core, a corner of the capital that’s emerging as an important new cultural hub, and we should embrace it.

Consider the exciting possibilities in this important corner of the city: the Canadian War Museum, LeBreton Flats development, including a new hockey arena and other transformational projects, the proposed Zibi development, a future home for a major national cultural building and a new LRT hub. This part of the city is where the new, exciting downtown Ottawa is being carved to complement the old, and there can be no better place for a new central library.