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The Hardy Arcade

January 8, 2008 - Snow On The Mall
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Camera: Holga 120N. Sparks and Metcalfe, Ottawa, ON.

A scene shot on the Sparks Streets Mall in front of the historic Hardy Arcade. Not too long ago, the Hardy Arcade was the subject of a fight between the National Capital Comission and heritage preservationists. Originally, the arcade was to be torn down to make way for condos. The condos are there, but as you can see they're behind the Arcade's facade. THis has probably been a reasonable compromise, as it helps preserve the heritage flavour of Sparks Street (I'll post more phoos of it in the near future), and brings people downtown to live near there, and bolster its flagging retail amenities.