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Acadia Pop Rocks – August 19, 2017, 10AM-4PM

You’re invited! The parking lot at 430 Acadia Dr SW is being turned into an outdoor living room on August 19, 2017, from 10AM-4PM – coinciding with the Acadia Parade of Garage Sales. Featuring new, designed-for-Acadia furniture, espresso, a pop-up bookstore, bocce ball, ping pong, board games, arts & crafts, complimentary snacks, and simple traffic calming along Acadia Drive. […]

Surplus School Sites

Surplus School Sites – an evolving ideology for diversification?

Reflecting on my formative years growing up in the ‘60’s across the street from an elementary school, I watched the school property change as community values evolved. The driver was evolving ideologies around land use, mobility and public places in my community. Across the street and the nation perceptions of ‘safe place’ were gradually changing. […]

Review of Calgary's new cycle tracks

Review of Calgary’s New Cycle Tracks

By Kate Beck Calgary’s new cycle tracks through the downtown core have been a major topic of discussion this summer. There have been many positive reviews, some mixed reviews, and some negative reviews, so I decided to go check the new cycle tracks out for myself. Like we’ve done in the past with some of […]

Six Fast Facts – What Kids Need in Cities

In recent decades, our cities and our ideas around childhood and parenting have changed a lot, however, one of the most significant changes is that children are disappearing from our cities’ public places and outdoor spaces. 1) Kids Need Cities They can Explore On Their Own This article, mentions Free-Range Parenting, a type of parenting […]

Talking about Winter Walking: Winter Retrospective 1 of 3

During our work in the Bridgeland community over the last few months, we have heard a lot about difficulties residents face when walking in the neighbourhood during the winter, specifically difficulties seniors living in the neighbourhood face. This past January we followed the same route a local group of seniors “walk-audited” last autumn in order […]

Cyclists of Calgary – Winter 2014/2015

For years, the majority of people in our city have assumed that once the temperatures drop below 0 C and the snow drifts begin to build up, we put away our walking shoes, tuck our bikes into the garage and bundle into our cars for 8 months until the walking and cycling weather returns. But […]

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Five Fast Facts – What Does our Aging Population Need?

  1. Our aging population needs better sidewalks and crosswalks In this podcast David Foot, an economist and demographer at University of Toronto, addresses the need for longer pedestrian lights at crosswalks for older people who walk more slowly and tapered sidewalk curbs that reduce the chances of older adults tripping. These needs align with the […]

Five Fast Facts – Commuting and Happiness

1. Commuting affects the shape and quality of our social networks A study done in 2009 in Switzerland found that people who commute longer distances to work tend to have friends that live farther away from one another. This tends to mean these individuals’ friends are less likely to know each other and their social networks […]