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. […]

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Calgary’s Public Art Walking Tour

By Sydney Honsberger-Grant Photos By Grace Honsberger-Grant Art: that elective you bemoaned in junior high, or the theme of all too many boring museums. It can sometimes be difficult to recognize the arts amidst pretentious critics and excessive air conditioning, but there is no denying that art can have a profound and positive value in […]

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 […]

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Playable Cities: Where to Play in Calgary

Cities around the world are beginning to realize that playgrounds may not be enough to keep residents and visitors engaged and enjoying public life. We are beginning to see musical swings at bus stops in Montreal, an interactive play museum in St. Louis, and slip and slides down city streets in a number of cities around the world, but what does […]

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Five Fast Facts – Playable Cities

1. Playable Cities Rethink the Purpose of Our Cities Playable Cities is an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the design of the future city and encourages residents and visitors to rethink services, places and stories in our cities. Playable Cities breaks away from the idea that cities must focus only on […]

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4 Great Reasons to Invest in Cities’ Natural Environments

1. Investing in Surrounding Wetlands can save Cities Billions of Dollars in Water Purification The City of New York invested $1.5 billion over 10 years into protecting their water sources, which meant they were able to avoid building a water treatment plant that would have cost the city $8-$10 billion. 2. Investing in Rivers and […]

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Calgary’s Wild Berry Patches

Photo Credit: Cabin Organic http://cabinorganic.com/tag/berries/ One of our favourite parts about Calgary summers are the Saskatoon berries and wild raspberries, and we aren’t just talking about the famous Saskatoon berry pie from Pearson Berry Farms sold at Calgary’s Farmer’s Market. Active Neighbourhood’s Roxanne LeBlanc has shared a number of her secret wild berry patches around […]

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 […]