Aging gracefully

Leaders in middle-ring suburbs grapple with current challenges, while looking to the future

Calgary is a city that is continuing to grow and expand, with new suburbs and surrounding areas showing marked growth this year, yielding new infrastructure and amenities for residents. However, while Calgary’s newer communities expand, older communities are experiencing unique challenges.

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The forgotten option

Middle-ring neighbourhoods offer perfect balance of suburban charm and inner-city convenience

Between the inner city and the burgeoning suburbs lie Calgary’s so-called “middle-ring neighbourhoods,” a concept explored in a 2010 study by the University of Calgary’s faculty of environmental design.

As the study describes, Calgary’s 80 middle-ring neighbourhoods – which include communities like Acadia, Glamorgan and Huntington Hills – are those developed between the 1950s and 1970s and “poised to undergo redevelopment.”

Canyon Meadows, established in 1963, is one such community. When Gurmit Bhachu, the current president of the Canyon Meadows Community Association, moved to Calgary in 2004, he and his wife looked for a home.

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Park place

Jennifer and Mike Elliott created their perfect home alongside nature in Woodbine

When Jennifer and Mike Elliott moved to Calgary from Regina with their two young children 20 years ago, they had several must-haves on their home wish list. Namely, the home had to be in an area that was child-friendly, and close to schools, parks and mature trees. They purchased a four-bedroom home in Woodbine with an old-world front porch, just minutes from Fish Creek Park. Now that their kids are grown, they have renovated their home top to bottom, including a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, lighting and furniture. The final stage was completed last year – a brand new art studio and gallery for Mike, who has shifted his career focus from the oil and gas industry to art. (more…)

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Colourful community

Natural and man-made beauty collide in Canyon Meadows

As the late-summer sun lingers long into the evening, the sound of children’s laughter rings out and residents of Canyon Meadows ride their bikes through the tree-lined neighbourhood. It’s a picturesque scene – one that attracted Susan Ortt and her husband Glen to the neighbourhood 25 years ago.

“We were really looking to purchase in a family friendly community close to the bike paths and Fish Creek Park,” said Susan Ortt, who has watched the community mature over the years.

Her children attended the local schools and are now grown, but she is still fully immersed in the community. “I absolutely love my home. It backs right onto Fish Creek Park, and Glen and I really enjoy spending our weekends cycling around the pathways,” she said.

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