Washington, DC 2003
In September 2005, Capitals Alliance delegates gathered for the fourth-annual meeting hosted by the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to Canada, representatives from
the national capitals of Australia, Brazil, England, France,
Russia, South Africa, and the
United States gathered for the
event. Through numerous site visits, delegates discovered how
Ottawa’s vast system of urban parks, greenbelts, and parkways
contributes to the quality of life in the city.
Participants discussed a variety of issues including
commemoration; how land-use planning can help distribute
economic benefits throughout a city; managing rapidly growing
cities; and implementing security reinforcements while
protecting the public realm.
The week-long meeting also included sessions entitled:
- Planning the Capital City Gateway,
- Representing and Involving Citizens in their National Capital,
- and Green Capital: Cultural Landscapes, Parks and Open Spaces.
Before concluding the week’s activities, the senior delegates
from each of the capital cities renewed their call to the
mission of the Capitals Alliance, as laid out in the 2005 Ottawa