In the past few years we have seen a lot of changes within Calgary. Many of these changes illustrate a movement to revitalize the city and create an urban realm worth being a part of. Here at makeCalgary:talk we have found a few reasons to appreciate not only where our city has come from, but where it is going.
1. ST PATRICK’S ISLAND REVITALIZATION
Opening this summer, St. Patrick’s Island is to become a 31-acre playground including a plaza and amphitheatre, hiking and biking trails, and even elevated river channels. One of Calgary’s oldest parks, the island has become a key component in the CMLC’s effort to bring life to central Calgary. The redevelopment has been headed by New York’s W Architecture and Denver’s Civitas.
2. THE CECIL HOTEL REDEVELOPMENT
The year the CMLC is set to purchase the historical building. With plans in their infancy, the CMLC is looking towards public engagement and communications while it looks to extend the life of the infamous site. It will be interesting to see how designers and planners within Calgary utilize the hotel’s history in its inclusion of the East Village master plan.
3. THE GREEN LINE
With approved funding of $520 million over the next ten years, the Green Line is to increase the connectivity within Calgary. Composed of the North LRT Alignment, the North Transitway, and the Southeast Transitway, the Green Line is set to serve new hubs in Calgary including Quarry Park and Seton. With and increase in both accessibility and employment within Calgary, the Green Line is a step in the right direction.
4. CSPACE KING EDWARD PROJECT
The King Edward Creative and Arts Incubator showcases the mission of cSPACE. Delivered through three platforms, the Creative Commons, the Learning Commons, and the Community Commons, this multi-use space is set to not only reinstate Calgary’s heritage through the reimagining of the King Edward School, but will connect communities within it.
5. 12 AVENUE CYCLE TRACK
Marking the first phase of the downtown cycle track, 12 Avenue illustrates Calgary’s movement towards a more sustainable urban network. In making biking a safe option within the city, the developing cycle track network in downtown Calgary will include new routes on 5 Street, 8 Avenue, and 9 Avenue. The City of Calgary is encouraging drivers and cyclist to stay aware of each other in the coming months as the new systems takes hold.
 “St. Patrick’s Island.” Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. Accessed July 24, 2015. http://www.calgarymlc.ca/patricks-island.
 “Cecil Hotel.”Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. Accessed July 24, 2015. http://www.calgarymlc.ca/cecil-hotel.
 “So What is the Green Line.” LRT on the Green. Accessed July 24, 2015. http://www.lrtonthegreen.ca/about-the-green-line.
 “King Edward Creative Hub & Arts Incubator.” CSpace. Accessed July 26, 2015. http://www.cspaceprojects.com/places-2/king-edward-space/.
 “12 Avenue Cycle Track Opens Tuesday.” Global News Calgary. Accessed July 24, 2015. http://globalnews.ca/news/2029587/12-avenue-cycle-track-to-open-tuesday/.
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