The inexact science of naming Calgary communities

When it comes to the names of Calgary communities, some honour early pioneers, others are named after the surrounding landscape and some simply sound like a nice place to live.

Pleasant Heights, Scenic Acres and Sunalta (a mash up of sunny and Alberta) sound like they could have come out of a real estate subdivision name generator. But how do developers actually come up with the names for new communities?

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Better with age

Calgary’s century homes are still turning heads

If you’re lucky enough to live to 100, you’ll probably slow down a bit. But many of Calgary’s 100-year-old homes are still going strong and drawing plenty of attention.

“These are homes that have stood the test of time,” said Karen Paul, director of communications for the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society (CHI), a grassroots, member-based organization dedicated to the preservation, and productive use and interpretation, of buildings and sites of historic and architectural interest in Calgary. “They offer a level of craftsmanship, character, uniqueness and aesthetic beauty that is hard to find in modern homes.”

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Mission & Cliff Bungalow

Youthful energy in an historic community

“Mission is a phenomenal place to live and play,” said Julie O’Donnell, executive director of the 4th Street Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ).

There’s no doubt that the communities of Mission and Cliff Bungalow spin at a vibrant pace, with people always out strolling, talking, poking into galleries and artisan shops, and enjoying the vast selection of restaurants and coffee shops.

It was that hum that enticed Nicole Butz to make a move to the area a year ago.

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Along the rails

A short history of Calgary and the Canadian Pacific Railway

When construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) reached Calgary in 1883, the company built a train station on its land west of the Elbow River in present-day downtown.

The only problem was that most Calgarians in the small community already lived on the east side of the river, now Inglewood.

Local historian Doug Coats says, try as it might, the CPR could not convince Calgarians to move onto its land, so a plan was devised.

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