Intensification and ghettos

It looks as though the city is about to take an interesting step in its zoning regulations. Worrying about the potential emergence of student ghettos in Sandy Hill, the Glebe and Old Ottawa South, city council has before it a motion to put a temporary moratorium on the conversion of houses into apartments. The motion was presented by Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume and will be voted on tomorrow (Wednesday).

It’s noteworthy that Mr. Hume dubbed his own motion “draconian”. This is, perhaps, a tad hyperbolic, but his characterization demonstrates the severity of the measure and, thus, the apparent degree to which the threat of student ghettos is perceived. Continue reading