I seek to become your post-6 pm overlord not because it is easy, but because it is hard! Here are some ideas to get us started.
Yes a million times! And all the same goes for Toronto, too, and any actual mayoral candidate who doesn’t deal with those issues is just a shill for corporate hellholes or a puppet of the meisterFord
Also, public toilets.
I think all your proposals are stellar and important.
they are more general good living, what should be basic standards, than good nightlife.
In my personal experience all good nightlife times, like actually truly good, has been the result of the ability for a city to do nightlife illegally. I’ve been to countless genre music shows, dance, dancing (raves!) comedy...on on that was able to happen under the red tape and have seen so much brilliance in those spaces.
Vancouver late 90s, Montreal always, visits to Berlin...Keeping rent low definitely plays huge into this. And there is definitely an importance to having something surface for the entire family - but I have never seen truly great night life where people had to go through the existing channels to do things. It’s just too hard and expensive and the reality is that these things being able to happen persists and expands out to the legal stuff.
You need very low rents and a slightly blind eye imo
All good suggestions! Perhaps you should be appointed night mayor.
I am not a night life person. I generally don’t like spending a bunch of time around strangers and a loath indoor public spaces as a rule. But, I did spend a good chunk of my 20’s bike touring through Asia. Canadian night life has been regulated into non existent. Give me a late night food stall, A corner store selling cheap beer and the ability to drink it on the side walk, and a chi stand near a public square and I’d be tempted to walk down town in the evening.
your thoughts on public transportation and housing are also correct. The idea of 15 minute cities should not be so controversial.
Top (only?) Ottawa late night action is shawarma. Truly the best. Could use more poutine spots.
Ottawa actually has far more residents downtown than in any city in Western Canada. So the lack of nightlife here is surprising.
Definitely need better, later transit.
And more public gathering spaces. LeBreton Flats could become a central hub.
Elgin is happening. Need more of that.
There are lots of things that can be done to make housing affordable other than what the developers and Airbnb want though I don't see Moffatt mentioning those. Also he seems to be about buying housing in that comment (ofc).