Elizabeth Spina

Neighbourhoods Features Writer

Elizabeth (AKA Ellie) is a 22-year-old marketing graduate, freelance journalist, social media guru, makeup connoisseur, and part-time musician. You can almost always find her with her head in her laptop and her headphones in listening to the same songs she’s been listening to for the last 15 years. You may also find her somewhere enjoying (or even participating in) Ottawa’s live music scene. If you ever get to talking to her in-person, there is a 95% chance you will be trapped in a 30-minute-long rant about social injustices, millennial issues, who the real Spider-Man is, why How I Met Your Mother is better than Friends (but she likes both), and memes. If you’re lucky, she will even show you adorable photos of her over-weight cat, Chandler.
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Neighbourhood Spotlight: Westboro

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Westboro

Westboro, as the name suggests, is located just West of downtown Ottawa, right next to Hintonburg. Where Wellington Street West and Richmond Road meet, there’s a cornucopia of gorgeous condominiums and quirky low rise buildings with character, locally owned shops, hair salons, coffee shops, bakeries, [...]

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Little Italy Profile

Little Italy Profile

Located just West of Centretown, near Dow’s Lake and the War Museum, Little Italy, similar to Chinatown, lives up to its name. The focus of this neighbourhood is, you probably guessed it, Italian food and heritage. A stroll down Preston Street will leave you craving a bowl of pasta, if you’re [...]

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Chinatown Profile

Chinatown Profile

The name Chinatown speaks for itself in some ways, but not all. The giant Chinatown arch on Somerset welcomes visitors to a colourful business and residential village that, contrary to its name, narrows in on the culture and authentic flavours of Asia, not just China. You can even find Middle-Eastern, [...]

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Sandy Hill Profile

Sandy Hill Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons and Anne Dion The streets of Sandy Hill are the official stomping ground, and designated area for the students at the University of Ottawa. Located next to Lowertown, in-between Overbrook and The Market. If you have had the pleasure of living in this neighbourhood, [...]

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ByWard Market Profile

ByWard Market Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons The core of downtown Ottawa is known as the ByWard Market, or as we often shorten it to: The Market. The area is a highly saturated, cultural hub of street art, buskers, street vendors, hotels, eclectic shops, restaurants, bars, and its main attraction, the Rideau [...]

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Centretown Profile

Centretown Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons Centretown is what some might consider to be the ByWard Market’s older sibling. Not because it is physically or geographically older than the other, but rather, because of the crowd it attracts. To put this into perspective, if the Market’s nightlife [...]

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Vanier Profile

Vanier Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons Vanier has a lot of character and has come a very long way from what it used to be. The crime rate in this area has gone down, real estate prices have risen, new condominiums, restaurants, pubs, and shops have opened. Overall, Vanier has, for the most part, been able [...]

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Orleans Profile

Orleans Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons Although this Narnia-like suburb may be out of the way to get to, once you get there, there is almost no reason to leave. Orleans is its own community that has everything a family would need to settle down in a cookie-cutter, bilingual (but mainly French) neighbourhood. [...]

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Gloucester Profile

Gloucester Profile

Photo credit: Creative Commons Gloucester, like Orleans, is your average suburban neighbourhood --except it’s less expensive to rent or buy real-estate and isn’t located at the very edge of the city. It is one of the oldest and most affordable neighbourhoods to live in in Ottawa, and [...]

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