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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Railroad ties

Ramsay and Ogden are connected by rich railway history

At first glance, the southeast communities of Ramsay and Ogden may seem as though they have nothing in common. Ramsay is an up-and-coming, inner-city, hipster hangout, while Ogden conjures images of a more family-centric, suburban lifestyle. However, these communities are threaded together by a common denominator that weaves through the city’s landscape and is steeped in rich history – the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).

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Nature or nuture?

The history of Fish Creek Provincial Park

Fish Creek Provincial Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America, with everything from vast natural areas to a popular, manmade swimming lake.

But the 1,348-hectare park almost never happened, and once faced the unfortunate possibility of being loved to death by the expanding population of Calgary.

Its saviours were a dashing politician who came to power in the early 1970s, and later, diligent work by provincial park staff to find a balance between human use and wild spaces.

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Area evolution

Calgary’s new northeast offers exciting opportunities and value for homebuyers

“A full, master-planned community destination.” That’s how Mattamy Homes vice-president of sales and marketing Warren Saunders describes Calgary’s expanding – and evolving – northeast quadrant.

“That means choice for homebuyers,” he said, noting that wasn’t always the case in decades past.

In the “new northeast,” Saunders says the expanding range of housing options allows different generations of homebuyers to remain in that sector of the city throughout their lives.

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