Problem Tracks Other Concepts Planning Examples

Concepts and Ideas towards Improving Our Community

When we buy or rent a home, we have a choice of accepting the limitations we buy or rent into, or use the time we live there to improving our home environment to better suit our lives in that environment. We need to balance our need for better lives with our ability to improve those lives, to come up with a desire and decision to do so - or not. If we plan to live in a location for a few decades, then the sooner we start improving our community, the longer we will be able to enjoy those improvements. If we only plan to be there a year or two, then perhaps we may choose to stay with the status quo. Either way, ideas and concepts that promote improvement open the possibility and can eventually benefit us all.

Problem Tracks - Based on Concepts and Ideas Submitted by Members of the Community

This section is dedicated to improving and changing our community based on problems identified by people inside our community. The City has various mechanisms to encourage contributions (ideas) from all of us; for example, emailing our councillor being one such mechanism, or dialing 311. However the City does not yet have a means of associating each suggestion with existing City programs and tracking whether and how each suggestion is contributing to improving our lives. Nor does the City keep a repository of suggestions received, organized into tracks of improvement. This subsection intends to fill that gap in our ability to communicate.

Concepts and ideas received to-date are:

Other Concepts

These are concepts and ideas from outside of Ottawa.

Building Our Own Village

Comfortable Walk Model

Nice Things to Look at Model

Recycling Construction Materials

The Bent Nail, in Victoria, B.C., is another community resource created by the Victoria Street Community Association (VSA). The Bent Nail is located at:
870 Devonshire Rd., Victoria, B.C., V9A 4T6,
(phone) 250-386-2332, (fax) 250-386-4500.

Bent Nail also has other locations, such as in Abbottsford, B.C.

It recycles building materials (bricks, cabinets, carpets, doors, counter tops, staircases and railings, sinks, wood, shingles, etc.) thereby minimizing garbage and waste and maximizing reuse. They also provide employment opportunities and a chance to prove themselves for people who have been out of the workforce for a while. The efforts survives on donations.

Planning Examples - Ecovillage at Ithaca, New York State, U.S.A.

EcoVillage at Ithaca, Inc. is a not-for-profit foundation, formed to envision and actualize a more sustainable kind of neighborhood development, by creating a model village on a site in the Town of Ithaca, NY. A related organization, EV/CRESP is a project of Cornell University's Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy, and serves as the educational arm of the EcoVillage project. The EVI site is 176 acres of fields, woods, and wetlands, about two miles west of downtown Ithaca, NY.