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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North to Livingston

Brookfield Residential launches northern neighbourhood of Livingston and it’s attracting some attention as a unique space in the Calgary city-scape.

On March 4, Brookfield Residential officially launched the community of Livingston, a new community gathering attention for its innovative, attractive home designs, and a fresh, exciting take on community.

“We’re so excited that it’s finally here,” said Jessie Seymour, senior manager of strategic marketing at Brookfield Residential.

A decade in the making, Livingston covers 500 hectares straddling Centre Street north of Stoney Trail. When fully developed, the community will be home to an expected 30,000 Calgarians. A major activity centre, acting as a central hub, will include an estimated one million square feet of institutional and retail space.

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Signs of recovery

Housing officials expect new builds to post slight rebound in late 2017

“Turbulent.” That’s how the head of Calgary’s homebuilders and developers group describes the new housing market in 2016.

And 2017?

“Recovery,” said Allan Klassen, chair of the recently merged Canadian Home Builders’ Association—Urban Development Institute Calgary (CHBA-UDI Calgary).

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Veil lifted

Livingston to eventually house 30,000 people

Calgary’s newest community came online this week as Brookfield Residential lifted the veil on its new Livingston development in the city’s north that, when completed, will house as many as 30,000 people.

Covering more than 500 hectares straddling Centre Street north of Stoney Trail, Livingston is the first master-planned community in north Calgary within the past 20 years. It will include an estimated 10,000 homes, and will be anchored by a major activity centre that will include an estimated one million square feet of retail and institutional space,

Ward 3 Coun. Jim Stevenson, who attended the official construction launch June 28, calls Livingston “a new city north of the ring road.”

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