Strength in numbers

Calgary is coming together to win the war on homelessness, one home at a time

What a difference a year can make. The City of Calgary launched its affordable housing strategy in July 2016, aiming for a more unified approach to building more housing for low-income individuals and families. Since then, a lot has happened, according to groups that provide housing for low-income Calgarians.

“What we’ve seen in the first year is a tremendous drive toward increased collaboration and recognition that none of us can go it alone,” said Kim O’Brien, CEO of Horizon Housing Society.

The importance of working together in a more co-ordinated fashion cannot be understated because the challenge of providing affordable housing in Calgary is daunting. It’s a problem the City, as well as other Canadian municipalities, have been struggling to address for several years – despite the best of intentions.

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The great, green connector

The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway puts Calgary on the map as one of the most connected cities in the world for biking, walking and enjoying the outdoors

Calgary is world renowned for many things: the Calgary Stampede, mountain views and hosting the 1988 Winter Olympics to name a few. Now it can add the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway to that list.

The 138-kilometre pathway that follows the route of the city’s ring road is a monumental achievement in green infrastructure, says Sheila Taylor, the executive director of Park Foundation Calgary, the driving force behind the $50-million undertaking.

“It is one of a kind in the world,” she said, adding it connects with 1,000 kilometres of existing pathways in Calgary, linking virtually every community within the city. “The Greenway is the wheel and the other paths are the spokes.”

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The good life by the lakeside

Snapshots of Calgary’s lake communities

Life at the water’s edge may not be the defining Calgary experience. But for thousands of Calgary homeowners, life by the lakeside was a key reason they chose to buy in one of the city’s many man-made lake communities. Here’s a look at each of the Calgary neighbourhoods with a blue jewel of H2O at its heart, making them among the most desirable communities in
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Driving development

Southwest ring road is poised to usher in new era of growth in Calgary’s south end

It’s been a long time coming, but the southwest section of Calgary’s ring road is finally being built, and the city’s developer community is among those most thrilled to see construction going ahead.

“It’s really going to open up growth in the area, and provide not just opportunities for new communities, but also existing ones,” said Steve LePan, director of sales and marketing with Anthem United.

“We’re certainly happy to see it moving forward, because it would have had a negative impact (on our development in the area) if it had not been approved.”

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