AROUND THE BLOCK

July 24, 2009 — An historic building and another look at cycling

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on July 24, 2009

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Today, we spoke to Michel about a house down the street that, when it was sold to its current occupant a few years ago, apparently represented one of the most expensive home sales in the city’s history. The Algerian mission to Canada purchased the building for $2.9 million. And that’s just one piece of the building’s colourful history.

I also played a portion of an interview I conducted with Ottawa-area environmentalist David Chernushenko. When I spoke to him last year for TransitOttawa.ca, we covered a range of transit-related sustainability issues. The 12.5-minute excerpt above addresses some of the challenges both bus users and cyclists face in Ottawa.

Finally, we spoke with Alayne McGregor, a representative of Citizens for Safe Cycling who knows all about the problems cyclists face when it comes to navigating Ottawa’s streets. In light of recent events, our discussion about cycling safety downtown is particularly timely.

Music today included local acts The Rough Sea and That’s the Spirit, both of whom are playing the Black Sheep Inn on Aug. 1 along with other local band Winchester Warm. We also played a track by Harvey Cartel, who are also from Ottawa and will play Cafe Dekcuf on Aug. 8.

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to the show.

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