No car, no yard, waking up in the sky, seeing a whole river below: our Ottawa in the 21st century.
This, evidently, is how some planners and builders see the city’s future. Claridge, in particular, is already building a 45-storey highrise on Preston Street, overlooking Dow’s Lake, with some 320 units stacked to reach 160 metres, or 60 metres higher than the Peace Tower, formerly our sacred ceiling.
Now, only two kilometres due north, Claridge is pitching a 55-storey tower in a five-building package on its lands at the east end of LeBreton, a big jump in density from earlier plans. One imagines penthouse occupants, when the clouds clear, waving at each other across the length of Preston.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/egan-on-claridge-car-less-culture-and-living-in-the-clouds