That’s why we were thrilled when Councillor Bradley of Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate, the councillor for South Keys, reached out to us with an idea to show Mayor Sutcliffe the redevelopment area firsthand.
The proposed widening of the Airport Parkway has been one we’ve been following and attending meetings on for some time now, but with the recent City of Ottawa budget, there is a lot of focus on it currently. While some people hear the plans and think it will help alleviate traffic, it’s much more complex than that.
If you’ve visited the South Keys Shopping Centre before, it’s likely you didn’t really stop to look around. This is no accident: the existing “big box” retail is designed for you to easily drive to a store, walk in, and walk out without much hassle. Aside from the seasonal patio in front of the Starbucks, you’re unlikely to see anyone gathering or hanging out at South Keys Centre.
Sometimes the best way to learn about a place is by using your own two feet and walking it. In this spirit, our Executive Director Matt Pinder recently joined Hans Moor, former President of Bike Ottawa and author of the blog HansontheBike.com, for a walking tour of South Keys Centre.