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The Historical Society of Ottawa presents: "Lowertown East. Urban renewal & the aftermath"

Photograph of the Parliament Hill skyline taken between the end of the 19th century and 1916.

The 1960s, a time when civic leaders were anxious to bulldoze the past to make way for modern thruways and dazzling glass towers of the future.

Guest speaker Marc Aubin, author of Blight, asks: what chance did families and businesses of a working class neighborhood like Lowertown East have of standing in the way of "progress"?