The neighbourhood is bounded on the west by the Rideau River, on the north by the CN railway tracks, on the east by St. Laurent Boulevard, and on the south by Smyth Road. In the 1950s the neighbourhood was primarily built-up to serve the post-war baby boom era. Over the next few decades, housing for lower class and lower-middle-class people were also built in the mostly middle-class neighbourhood. This included a large number of apartment buildings lining Riverside Drive, the Alta Vista apartments, community housing on Station Boulevard and on Russell Road. Riverview is home to a number of hospitals, thanks to its central location. These include the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa General Hospital.