Connected communities

Hub living is the name of the game when it comes to new-neighbourhood design in northwest Calgary

When discussing the current trend of building Calgary residential communities around “hubs” (also known as “activity centres” or “nodes”), the phrase “back to the future” seems apt.

“It’s about concentrating uses and activities in one area … It’s how settlements and civilizations have been developing forever,” said Beverly Sandalack, associate dean and professor of landscape architecture and planning in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design.

“It fell out of favour post-World War II with the over-reliance on the car, but, except for this 50-year aberration, main streets have always been the centre of community activity and business.”

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From starter to forever home

Jackie and Michael Bernard stayed put in their first house as the community around them blossomed

When self-professed inner-city people Jackie and Michael Bernard purchased their 1,100-square-foot bungalow as a starter home in 1992, they thought they would stay for a few years, build some equity and then move to a larger home closer to the core. At the time, their home in the Lynnwood Ridge district of Ogden was “really far away” from the action and bustle of the downtown, but over the years, shopping destinations and several other amenities have popped up within minutes of this secret gem of a neighbourhood. As a result, the couple decided to stay put, making their starter home their forever home. (more…)

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Vibrant vistas

Panorama Hills combines beautiful landscapes with popular amenities

Located in the heart of Calgary’s new northwest, Panorama Hills is Calgary’s most populated community, with almost 26,000 residents calling it home.

Nestled into the sweet spot between several major arteries, the community is bordered by Stoney Trail to the north, Country Hills Boulevard to the south and Beddington Trail to the west, providing quick and easy access to surrounding areas and the downtown core.

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Ranch rebirth

A new Symons Valley Ranch Market rises from the ashes

A project is underway to redesign and rebuild the Symons Valley Ranch Market, after a devastating fire roared through the historic building and iconic grounds in late January of this year.

“The market had become a real gathering point for the community,” said Ken Aylesworth, the market’s managing partner.

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Growing together

Neighbouring northwest communities of Bowness and Montgomery harken back to Calgary’s formative years

Perched along the shores of the Bow River in Calgary’s northwest, the adjacent communities of Montgomery and Bowness share a powerful sense of history.

“Bowness is now 116 years old, with generations of families that still live and work here,” said Jacqui Esler, executive director of the Mainstreet Bowness BIA and former main street business owner.

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