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    MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment | 59m | 15s | U of C | DIALOG

    I believe it could have been built up to 20, and have heard once or twice the structure would have supported 30 floors. However, the elevator load would have necessitated a huge reconfiguration which would have made it better to pull it down and rebuild instead. 30 floors of books would have...
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    General Construction Updates

    Yeah pretty much. Combined with the CALTS 1968 plan, basically an almost ring freeway around downtown feeding into massive interceptor parkades, a mass transit subway, and plus 15s. Would have been entirely different. And entirely motivated by an assumption that road space was for cars.
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    General Construction Updates

    One of the interesting aspects of the +15 is that it was originally built in recognition that Calgary's downtown sidewalks were too narrow, not to be an enclosed streetscape environment. So the impetus to move retail off of those sidewalks was not just a consequence, it was the goal. Now, the...
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    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    I am worried that would kill it retail wise - the illusion of parking being available is a powerful thing. Don't want to turn it into a fancy Sparks Street.
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    Calgary | Telus Sky | 222m | 60s | Westbank | Bjarke Ingels Group

    Just the practicalities of building on a constrained site to the property line next to a road and shielded power lines.
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    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    Next to the Royal.
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    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    Why? Is it an obstacle? We could make the street taxi/rideshare/delivery vehicles only. Plus it would make the mental barrier for extending an impoved streetscape westward that much higher, with parkades and hotels being accessed from 8th.
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    Took my first Bird ride yesterday. Saved me a bunch of time, though it is pricey. I wonder if people are thinking turning requires turning the handlebars-are people who don't have balance skills and experience turning on bikes trying to ride these? After a few push starts (which I had no...
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    MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment | 59m | 15s | U of C | DIALOG

    Colonnade: Interior hallway (the right side will be open to an atria type space in two years, so please forgive the wall for now. The panels on the ceiling are heating and cooling radiant panels, in addition to being lights. The floor is raised for air circulation and utilities):
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    MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment | 59m | 15s | U of C | DIALOG

    It went from almost nothing to done in a few days. They had been forming and pouring all of the cast elements at the north end of the site and moved them it seems. They also created a mini line to produce the large pavers on site. In other news, the first offices moved in today.
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    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    ^ Yes.
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    Scooters are not a uniquely Calgary thing. Most visitors will be from from cities that similarly have scooters by a function of numbers.
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    MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties Building Redevelopment | 59m | 15s | U of C | DIALOG

    A view of some of the computer controlled blinds on the NE side of the tower: These are different from the roll blinds seen earlier on the west exposure, which could mean there are two sets of blinds, that the blind type has been swapped out, or different parts of the tower are receiving...
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    People get killed walking, biking, and driving. It is a bit callous, but I am not concerned with the potential for scooter deaths. They are inevitable.
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    Either e-scooters will become even more prolific, or they will disappear world wide. Right now the projected cost of each ride is double what they are charging users, and the difference is being fuelled by venture capital. Either someone invents a scooter that is much cheaper, or much more...
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