The Other Side of the CTrain Tracks

By Rebecca Dickson Calgary Transit is responsible for managing the 3,864 km of train tracks and bus routes that move thousands of Calgarians across the city every day. With over 3,000 employees and an estimated 110 million customers in 2014, the interactions that take place in this public space form an integral part of the social […]

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 […]

An Active Neighbourhood is a Neighbourhood Where People Live rather than Simply Travel on Streets

What is an Active Neighbourhood? Opinion Piece 3/3 photo courtesy of Mark Dreger from San Francisco-ize An active Neighbourhood promotes physical activity and involves residents in community activities or causes. I have described what I think this means in terms of community parks, but how can this idea of “the active neighbourhood” translate into public […]

5 Coolest Community & Design Interventions, Calgary 2014

By KATE BECK While Calgary enjoys the last vestiges of hot summer weather, I’m taking a look back at the top five coolest community and design interventions I saw whilst biking around this summer. 1. Surfing on the wave in the Bow River Every summer I have the same conversation with many fellow Calgarians; Calgary summers are wonderful, […]

Good Governance: Surprising Lessons from the Nordic Lights

This past few weeks the usually yawn-inducing topic of governance has figured prominently in newspaper headlines. Of note, Mayor Nenshi was lauded for his decision to hold off on fundraising and concentrate on governing and yet criticized for the steep entry fee to his first fundraiser; and The Economist carried a special feature singling out […]

Democracy on the ropes

Good governance versus the black arts of persuasion Published December 13, 2012 by Noel Keough in FFWD’s Viewpoint. On December 10, city council’s legislative task force debated rules for reporting gifts to the mayor and council. We learned that though the mayor apparently has a stash of gifted coffee mugs and socks, and has never received […]

Keystone XL Pipeline: A Homemade Crisis

Whatever the outcome of the raging Keystone XL pipeline battle, it is difficult to see a scenario where Alberta comes out a winner. If the pipeline goes ahead, we go further down the road of dependence on one of the most expensive, ecologically damaging, high-risk, mega-projects on earth. If it is halted, Albertans are left […]

The Road Less Travelled: Life Beyond the Private Automobile

Marshall McLuhan once wrote “The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.” With the news last month that Calgary is at the bottom of the walkability heap according to Walk Score, isn’t it time we had a serious conversation about this urban wardrobe […]

A Tragedy in the Making

The Life and Times of the Great American Automobile The revved-up extravaganza known as the North American International Car Show took over Detroit last week. There were the usual attractions – concept cars and the latest version of the once-mighty Stingray; hype around electric cars seems to have short-circuited and now it’s back to the […]