Main-street makeover

City of Calgary Main Streets initiative aims to revitalize streetscapes and bring communities together

In late September, a throng of Bridgeland residents turned out for the first annual community-organized passeggiata, visiting cultural and business stops along the neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare, ending in celebration at the street’s General Square.

This passeggiata — a leisurely promenade or stroll in the Italian tradition — and other activities like it are exactly what the City of Calgary’s Main Streets initiative is designed to encourage across 24 different city streets.

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Under the radar

The low-profile appeal of Mayland Heights, an oft-overlooked gem in Calgary’s northeast

Perched high on the bluff overlooking Deerfoot Trail in Calgary’s northeast sits the iconic Calgary Herald building. But few know that behind the iconic structure lies the thriving residential community of Mayland Heights.

Originally named Crossroads, the community was annexed to the city of Calgary in 1910, long before shovels hit the dirt to carve the two super highways that now bind it. Running along its northern edge is the Trans-Canada Highway, while to the west, Deerfoot Trail carries hundreds of thousands of cars, as Calgary commuters make their way to work and others pass through the city on their way to other destinations.

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Top of the class

Nearby, quality schools are a must for many Calgary homebuyers

Tiffany Gaura wanted her two young kids to be able to easily walk to school without crossing a busy road.

In March, the family moved into the northeast, inner-city community of Bridgeland, two-and-a-half blocks away from the specialized Langevin School – a Calgary Board of Education (CBE) science school.

Meanwhile, Amanda and Jonathan Corson and their two-year-old son will move into a larger home in their Auburn Bay neighbourhood this November, just a short walk from the community’s two new elementary schools – one in the Catholic school system, the other public.

“Whichever school he goes to, he should be within walking distance,” said Amanda Corson, who is a teacher herself and who grew up walking to school.

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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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Radius Rising

Condo project in Bridgeland is a welcomed sign of progress for Bucci Developments

When Mike Bucci completes his Radius condo project in early 2019, it’s unlikely to be the end of his company’s love affair with The Bridges — a redevelopment in the north inner-city neighbourhood of Bridgeland.

In fact, the vice-president development for Bucci Developments says when the City puts the remaining three parcels of land in the last phase of The Bridges on the market he will be first in line to buy.

“We’re calling the City every day telling them we’re interested,” he said. “We love Bridgeland and it’s a pretty special site.”

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