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.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/adam-the-library-site-is-good-lets-move-on-to-bigger-challenges