Will mega-project CalgaryNEXT be the anchor institution that breathes new life into the local landscape?
Urban planning enthusiasts call them anchor institutions – those landmark buildings in which cities are built around.
In Calgary, they dot our landscape: from the University of Calgary and Foothills Medical Centre in the northwest to Stampede Park and the Calgary Tower in the southwest — even the up-and-coming Seton mixed-use district in the southeast.
Calgary would be a very different — even lesser — place without them, says Colin Jackson, member of the senate at the University of Calgary and also chair of several arts and culture initiatives.
“A good way to think of them as anchor institutions is that they set the tone or give a feel to a neighbourhood,” said Jackson, who has spoken on the subject in the past.
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