A Capital Plan

This short documentary features a portrait of Ottawa in the mid-20th century, as the nascent Canadian capital grew with force but without direction. Street congestion, air pollution, and rail traffic were all the negative results of a city that had grown without being properly planned. French architect and urban designer Jacques Gréber stepped in to create a far-sighted plan for the future development of Ottawa. With tracks moved, factories relocated, and neighbourhoods redesigned as separate communities, Ottawa became the capital city of true beauty and dignity we know today.

Credits

director
Bernard Devlin
producer
Sydney Newman
script
John K. Rooke
camera
Denis Gillson
editing
Nicholas Balla
Roger Blais
animation
Robert Verrall
narrator
Lorne Greene
music
Eldon Rathburn

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