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Filtering, an alternative to “Gentrification”

Gentrification is defined by Wikipedia as "A process of renovation and revival of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of influx of more affluent residents, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower-income families and small...

What Affects Commercial Lease Rates?

During public engagement on most redevelopment projects, the issue of 'ever increasing' commercial lease rates is a common discussion topic. To state that profitability is the only driving factor behind commercial lease rates is inaccurate: many factors affect the...

A Beautiful Finish in Kensington

With the leaves falling and the sun warming our sunny little piece of Kensington, it reminds me I had intended to write a most sincere letter of thanks as the BRZ Streetscape Chair and as a landlord in the area to those involved in our construction in the area.  With...

When Policies Don’t Change: The Problem with TOD

When a great deal of effort and thought are put into a policy document, there is a collective sigh of relief when it is complete. Something excellent and clear has been crafted out of chaos and good intentions, and it should be honored and utilized. However, it should...

Main Streets – Early Adopters

Over the last 18 months the City of Calgary has been conducting engagement sessions to explore a new concept in zoning and transit oriented development for implementation of a Main Streets approach to growth and development. Under the Main Streets initiative, the City...

Zero-Footprint Mixed-Use is Achievable

The call to 'get greener' is getting louder, however incremental changes, although more implementable and digestible, are not adding up to the solution that is needed. With carbon impact to date being irreversible [1], what we do today when building new structures and...

Established-Communities Enjoying a Renaissance

This excellent Globe & Mail article highlights Kensington, but many of our vibrant inner-city areas are similarly experiencing a re-surge in building and commercial interest. With increased activity, it's important for developers to stay abreast of nearby...

A Rezoning & Heritage Preservation Success Story

It is with pride that we announce after two years of public & stakeholder engagement, on Monday, March 9, our Memorial Drive Rezoning was unanimously approved at Council. This rezoning allows a 4 storey development with a 2.5 FAR (floor area ratio) that will...

Creating Community Attachment

Attachment to a community is an important factor in where we choose to live. An interesting US survey by Knight Foundation and Gallop highlighted the three most important factors for community (in ranked order): Social Offerings - meeting places, nightlife, arts &...

Complete Streets YYC

The City of Calgary approved the new Complete Streets guide in November 2014.  "The purpose of Complete Streets is to create more liveable neighbourhoods and to encourage people to travel by foot, bicycle and transit. Complete Streets will improve both measurable and...

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