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 […]

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Fixing Calgary’s Food Waste

By Rebecca Dickson Calgary is becoming a mecca of sorts for food lovers and consumers. In the past few decades our restaurant scene has flourished as the city’s growing diversity of palates infuses our local ingredients with international flavours and many of our top chefs create entire dining experiences centered on sustainable, locally-sourced menus. However, […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

Pedestrians 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]