Calgary’s growth speaks for itself, with new condos, communities, and transit expansions well under way. But what remains to be set in stone is how existing communities will handle the growth and maintain the unique cultures fostered over the years. That’s why the City of Calgary is hosting Main Street workshops. The Main Streets stretch across the city, encompassing more than just the inner-city. They’re classified as routes and destinations that see a lot of traffic and could be slated for further development. In fact, many of these areas were, historically, where the former streetcar lines ran.
The goal of the Main Streets workshops is to ascertain what the community needs from the growth and how improving on certain major areas could improve the local economies. It’s a great chance to participate in the change you like to see in Calgary.
The city’s goal is to have the learning and evaluation phases completed by end of 2016. From there, the implementation phase will see more concrete goals established.
Many areas have already hosted workshops, so the second series will delve into more refined discussions. There are two types of workshops, online and in person. An on-going online discussion is ideal for those who can’t make the workshops, and if you didn’t get a chance to attend previous workshops, you can now voice your opinions on Calgary’s development.
At the workshops, there will be the opportunity to learn from city planners, discuss with residents, and share your ideas. Eager to partipcpate early? Join the discussion online with the hashtag #YYCMainStreets or follow @nextCITYyyc on Twitter. If you’d like to learn more urban planning in general, make sure to check out Baconfest. Its name may be misleading (its named after architect Ed Bacon), but the film series at the Dutton Theatre is a great primer for the workshops.
The online workshop is open until February 20, 2015, whereas the next round of workshops will take place between January 31 and February 12, 2015. To see dates for your community, visit the City of Calgary website.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®