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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

D.talks and Lost Spaces

Wednesday, October 1, our friends at D.talks will be discussing lost spaces. That is, under-utilized, in-between, overlooked and forgotten spaces. Over the course of the evening, speaker Matthew Passmore (MoreLab) and panelists Chris Manderson (City of Calgary) and David Law (Victoria Park BRZ) will discuss what these spaces offer and how (or if) we should […]

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, […]

SOOC 2013 Community Indicators

Did you know the smell of pine trees decreases stress?  That income is a predictor of engaging in leisure activity? That crime is linked to literacy, inequality and the built environment? These relationships give us just a hint of the interconnectedness of different factors in our communities, and underline the value of tracking the State […]