Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village

Nearby residents say plans to overhaul Calgary’s Highland Park golf course makes poor use of quality green space

Source: Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village – The Globe and Mail

Hot mess“A hot mess” is what Councillor Farrell calls this clash between developer and community.  What she doesn’t say is that it is Council’s process that is a big part of the problem.  Mayor Nenshi, after the clash over the development of Shawnee Slopes and the destruction of Paskapoo Slopes, said “the process is wrong”.

So Mr. Nenshi, you have been in office all these years, why haven’t you fixed the process.

A meaningful consultation between community and developer with a resulting impact assessment is needed before development applications are considered by Council.  If community and developer can not agree, then a Development Ombudsman should be brought in.

Incubators, apartments and conversions: How to give Calgary’s core a kickstart

Richard White on how other cities have weathered tough economic times and downturns, and what Calgary can learn from their success. From off the wall ideas, to stuff that’s already happening to keep our core vibrant.

Source: Incubators, apartments and conversions: How to give Calgary’s core a kickstart

Reinventing Calgary – other cities have done it, out of economic necessity.  It’s time for Calgary to look at Plan B.

The steel that runs through Calgary’s heart: Debating the future of the city’s railway tracks

‘The track of the Canadian Pacific Railway is a fundamental part of our urban geography,’ says Richard White. But is it an economic link to the world, or a bit of urban blight? And what’s the future of the steel rails that run through Calgary’s core?

Source: The steel that runs through Calgary’s heart: Debating the future of the city’s railway tracks

Railway tracks through town are left-over history.  It’s time to move on by moving the tracks out.

CP Rail says human error likely the cause of train derailment in Calgary’s Alyth yard

The Transport Safety Board and CP Rail are investigating after a trail derailed in the city’s southeast Saturday.

Source: CP Rail says human error likely the cause of train derailment in Calgary’s Alyth yard

The error is ours if we don’t stop trains from going through our heavily populated (and growing) downtown.  Pray it doesn’t take a Lake Megantic (47 killed in Quebec town by train derailment) to make us relocate the railway tracks.