Category Archives for "Architecture"

Apr 08

10 decisions that made Ottawa, Ottawa

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Entrepreneurship , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Andrew Duffy writes that ten crucial events shaped my hometown of Ottawa; the work I did with my dedicated team at Terrace Investments Limited (the first part company of the Ottawa Senators and their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre) comes in at #9, https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ten-of-the-decisions-that-made-ottawa. Those ten fateful events? 1. To found Wright’s Town at Chaudière […]

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Mar 18

Sens founder Bruce M Firestone & OBJ publisher Michael Curran discuss the city of Ottawa’s new official plan

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Real Estate , Urban Economics

How can people from all sectors get involved in the city of Ottawa’s new official plan (OP)? Here are three ways: 1. answer a few poll questions (yet to be created) 2. attend a zoom townhall meeting on the subject (yet to be scheduled) 3. do a 1-on-1 zoom meetup with Firestone to talk about […]

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Mar 15

Thinking about adding a backyard Coach House?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Coach houses have been legal in Ottawa Canada since November 2016 and this trend (adding a secondary dwelling to your existing lot/home) is spreading across North America. Why? Well, for one, cities are worried about providing more affordable housing and more rental units. Secondly, parents are taking care of adult children returning to the nest […]

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Mar 08

Curb appeal ROI

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

If you read my title carefully, there’s a contradiction in it: An ROI from your front yard? Really? Most front yards are neglected wastes of space. Folks might think that grassy buffer zones (aka front yards) are somehow “green,” meaning environmentally important. Other than being the color green, grassed front yards are anything but. You […]

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Mar 06

Magic Wand: How pro-active government can turn around practically any city, town or village and case studies that prove it

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Real Estate , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

Keynote speech for: NOMA, Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association SMALL TOWNS, GREAT FUTURE? “Hi Bruce. I just got home and wanted to reach out to thank you for your riveting and informative presentation today. It was so well done. I had one city manager come up and ask me if it was possible to get a […]

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Feb 25

Want an instant home?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing

My friends in Quebec at High Cube, led by Patrick Sauvé, build awesome container homes, offices, workshops and hunting cabins. Their model container home is now for sale for $79,995; that’s Canadian dollars (not USD). They’ll deliver the model to any place in Ontario or Quebec for free; ie, it’s included in the price. You […]

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