Access Denied!

by Roxanne Leblanc When was the last time you, or maybe someone you knew, couldn’t get into a building, or a room, or computer files for that matter?  Did you feel frustrated?  Discouraged? Angry perhaps? Now imagine living day in and day out not being able to get somewhere, or do something.  A switch or […]

Let’s talk about… McKenzie Towne!

Let’s talk about… McKenzie Towne!

In preparation for Let’s talks about… Neighbourhoods, d.talks and Active Neighbourhoods went into McKenzie Towne for a local wine tasting to find out what residents do in their hood, how they feel about it, and how they get around.  Here’s what we heard:   So how does this reflect on how we design communities?  Join us tomorrow, […]

Let's Talk About... Neighbourhoods.

Let’s talk about… Neighbourhoods.

Mark your calendars!  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 @6PM, Glenbow Museum – we’ve teamed up with d.talks, and it’s all about the suburbs of the future.  (Monorail, anyone?)  Special guests June Williamson, Susanne Schindler, Jamal Ramjohn, Jyoti Gondek, and Grace Lui.  RSVP here!

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Episode IV: The Road Awakens

Still a few spots left for the 4th Annual Safe and Smooth Symposium tomorrow!  Get your tickets here.   What to expect?  Lots of terrible puns.  I wouldn’t know any because I’m not a dad (or a dude… it  could be awhile), but you may want to google “zoo animals” and “star wars” and “puns” to […]

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. […]

Activity Report

ANCYYC Activity Report

On Active Neighbourhoods in Bridgeland and Acadia Our last update saw a host of designers donating their time to Bridgeland for the 2015 Urban Design Invitational, where they developed four design schemes for the neighbourhood, rooted in resident feedback.  (For more on resident feedback gathered in Bridgeland, check out quotes from residents, and analysis of other community engagement activities.)  Designs included the […]


Congratulations Kate!

Congrats to Kate Beck, former Active Neighbourhoods blog-writer, newsletter writer and community animator, for winning the Calgary Foundation’s Kathryn Huget Leadership Award!  This award is given to a female student at the Master’s or PhD level, who is in a leadership role and improving the business workplace for women.  Kate is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree […]


5 Fast Facts – All About the Benjamins

Why make neighbourhoods more walkable and bikeable?  Today, it’s all about the Benjamins.  Or, in our case, the Bobs. 1. Good for business. Making shopping areas more walkable and bikeable is associated with higher sales. More local residents end up shopping locally, and people walking and cycling typically visit more shops than “drive-through” shoppers, who may […]

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Walk Acadia, November 14, 9AM – 3PM

Saturday, November 14, 9AM – 3PM Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 90 Avenue Southeast RSVP:   You’re invited! We’re checking out Acadia’s streets – are they safe, walkable, bikeable, vibrant? The Acadia Community Association is teaming up with Sustainable Calgary for a fascinating talk on traffic psychology and walkability, group discussion, walks, and tasty food, ending the […]