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Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself
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Ottawa’s Little Italy Revives Street Art As It Revives Itself

Ottawa’s Preston Street developed its Italian-Canadian identity well before the 1950s, when the bulk of Italian immigration began. More importantly, in direct counterpoint to what some believe, the area has maintained and consolidated its identity in a process of settlement and redevelopment that gives it energy, strength, and authentic character. Preston Street today is not only renewing its visual landscape but also reshaping itself to hopefully better reflect and serve an evolving Italian-Canadian community that has moved away from its humble origins but has not lost its original ethnic flavour.…

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Ottawa’s “Village”

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An Apple a Day

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