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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Across the universe

Space-age design and retro décor are on full display in Carol and Don Carruthers’ atomic ranch-style home

Tucked away on a quiet inner-city boulevard, lined with century old trees and dotted with mature lilac bushes, sits a vintage, 1950s-era architectural gem. Its space-age design – angles, offsets and images of starbursts, atoms and boomerangs (think The Jetsons) – is known as atomic ranch, a mid-century design trend inspired by the era’s fascination with the space race. The design is funky, retro and eclectic, with sunken living spaces, vinyl tile and even a décor wall dotted with vintage bowling balls. Carol and Don Carruthers purchased the home in 2001 from the original owner, thinking they would renovate and flip it. But they fell in love with the home’s quirkiness, laying plans for a modernization aside in favour of retaining the home’s vintage character and mid-century feel. (more…)

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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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