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September 25, 2006

Five ways to fix Kanata Centrum

The Kanata Centrum was supposed to be a new city centre for suburban Kanata. It was supposed to be a place where pedestrians and cars could co-exist.

But it didn't quite work out that way.

It's not friendly to cars or pedestrians. Just like any other "big box destination" in Ottawa, it has lots of asphalt and long walks between stores, and ugly. It's home to the usual big box gang: Walmart, Chapters, Loblaws, Future Shop. There's a handful of smaller shops, a bunch of restaurants, an AMC Theatre, and OC Transpo's main western station, Terry Fox. According to Wikipedia, it is the third largest shopping centre in Ottawa.

Over the next few days, we'll suggest five ways to improve Kanata Centrum, and perhaps bring it a bit closer to the original plan.

Day 1:
A crosswalk to Walmart
Day 2:
Fewer entrances off Herlihey
Day 3:
Wayfinding signs
Day 4:
Stop signs for Earl Grey
Day 5:
Where should the bus stop?

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  2. Anonymous9:30 AM

    The Kantata Centrum has the worst parking lot that I have ever seen. The traffic flow if dysfunctional to the point of bein dangerous, the parking spots are too small and the driving lanes are too narrow. If the owners cared about customers, they would take design hints from the Kanata Costco. In summary, the engineer in charge of the Kanata centrum traffic and parking lot design should be investigated by the Ontario Professional Engineers, and subsequently disciplined for incompetency.


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