Nepean Reeve Aubrey Moodie attended a session of the Jones Commission to make the case that Nepean should be left well enough alone.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: An Independent Nepean
Perhaps unsurprisingly at this point, the Jones Commission heard from another Greenbelt community that independence was preferred.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: Annexations Unwelcome at Merivale Gardens
In its submission to the Jones Commission, the Nepean Township Public School Board outlined how it had been dealing with the changes brought on by suburbanization.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: “clashes of opinion between urban and rural elements”
The rapidly-growing Nepean Township needed a hospital and much like Harold Denman, the Nepean Township Hospital Committee made sure its arguments for one were heard.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: Nepean Needs a Hospital
Nepean Hydro, having only been formally a separate utility since 1964, showed little interest in being swallowed whole by Ottawa Hydro as part of the reorganization of local government.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: Nepean Hydro “provides superior administration by retaining a local interest and identity.”
On March 30, 1965, Bell’s Corners resident Harold E. Denman appeared before Murray Jones to offer his thoughts on regional government.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: Harold E. Denman Finds Inspiration in Metropolitan Toronto
Although there were few in Nepean Township looking for change, at least one – City View – was dissatisfied with the status quo in 1965.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: City View Aims for Change
Much like Lynwood Village, Crystal Beach, and other new subdivisions in the Township of Nepean, the Parkwood Hills was also by-and-large satisfied with the foregoing arrangement in 1965. No representative of the Parkwood Hills Community Association appeared before Jones.Continue reading Second City, Second Metro: Parkwood Hills is Satisfied with Nepean
Derek O. “Doc” Campfield’s shadow loomed large in Nepean Township. After having purchased land in Lynwood Village in Bells Corners, he quickly became involved in local municipal affairs and became a staunch defender of the rapidly-growing township municipality’s interests.1For more detail about Campfield and the growth of Nepean, see Bruce S. Elliott. The City Beyond: A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada’s Capital, 1792-1990. Nepean: City of Nepean, 1991.
|↥1||For more detail about Campfield and the growth of Nepean, see Bruce S. Elliott. The City Beyond: A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada’s Capital, 1792-1990. Nepean: City of Nepean, 1991.|
Next to submit a brief to Commissioner Murray Jones was the Bell’s Corners Property Owners’ Association.
In 1965, Crystal Beach was a new community. Constructed by Minto, marketing for the subdivision commenced in the Winter of 1961 and was advertised alongside the builder’s other major projects of the time: Parkwood Hills (Meadowlands) and Hawthorne Meadows (Smyth & Russell).
I first encountered the above image of Bell’s Corners1I categorically refuse to leave the apostrophe out. in Bruce Elliott’s The City Beyond (1991). Although I don’t count many on my team of consummate fans of crass commercialism in the public realm, I’m willing to stand out and say that I’ve always been a fan of this sort of suburban view. In my mind’s eye, this sort of “messy” collection of signage is the suburban visual-equivalent of the ideal dense and walkable neighbourhoods that I cherish most deeply.
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