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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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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Small home, big dreams

Katherine Moore found the perfect fixer-upper in cozy, mid-century, Montgomery bungalow

Katherine Moore was a “maker” long before the trend became cool. She’s into canning (peaches are her delicious specialty), creates soap from scratch, designs clothing (she’s a designer by trade) and re-finishes furniture. But perhaps her greatest love is making her garden beautiful.

So, when she and her husband David Foster, who loves to tinker and build things, were searching for a home, they had a small, but significant, wish list. The home had to be a little fixer-upper with huge potential and a big yard for Katherine work her garden magic. (more…)

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Northwest appeal

With a diverse mix of old and new neighbourhoods, Calgary’s northwest residents say they share a common identity

Ascend to the summit of Nose Hill Park on a clear, sunny day and you’ll have a spectacular vantage from which to survey the city. It’s just one of the many parks in the city’s northwest that Calgarians know and love.

As a quadrant, northwest Calgary is an area roughly bordered by Deerfoot Trail to the east, the Bow River to the south, Calgary’s city limits to the west, and Stoney Trail to the north.

The northwest is diverse, in both demographics and geography. Several new communities now exist farther north and west of Stoney Trail and one of city’s oldest neighbourhoods, Bowness, dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

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Picking the perfect community

Urban planning experts offer tips on how to shop for your next neighbourhood

Is it a neighbourhood with a lake so you don’t need a vacation cottage?

Or an upgraded, older neighbourhood with lots of housing choices?

Perhaps a community with a main street so “you don’t have to jump in your car to get a quart of milk?”

When urban commentators weigh in on what homebuyers, first-time or otherwise, should be looking for when they chose a place to live the emphasis is on community amenities – or as Greg Morrow puts it, looking “outside the four walls” of the home, to the DNA of the neighbourhood.

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