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    Du Plex or not Du plex?

    I live in a duplex and like it a lot. However, I'm glad to see that there is increasingly more mid-rise buildings and townhouses put into the mix. Duplexes are not really sufficient to add density to the inner-city, since household sizes are much smaller than they used to be. Replacing one older...
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    It is. The interior doesn’t look like it’s the original. I’ve never attended a show. I’ve only been to the restaurant that was at the bottom.
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    I absolutely would not want the oldest theatre building in Calgary to be converted to private residences. It should continue to serve cultural functions.
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    General Construction Updates

    I don't know. All that colour might be a little too much pizzazz for the suits at Big Blue.
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    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    City of Calgary typical logic: 1. Create dangerous intersection that pedestrians avoid. 2. People demand safer crossing. 3. Run study to see how many pedestrians use the intersection. 4. Find out that not many pedestrians use the intersection. 5. Reject requests for safer crossing.
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    Mayor Naheed Nenshi's Calgary

    Given my lack of knowledge of Calgary's political history, I had to look up Al Duerr and discovered that Calgary has only had 4 mayors since 1980! 🤯
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    Reclads

    This reclad is relevant to the thread on improving the CBD. Little changes like this that soften the street level facades of random office buildings can add up over time. This block is still a mess, but this building now sets a precedent for more renovations or new developments. Who knows, maybe...
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    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Marda Loop is desperate for improved street crossings, particularly across 34 AVE. On 34 Ave, there are no stop signs, traffic lights, or lighted crosswalks between 20 and 14 street. Making matters worse is that all the streets that meet 34 between 20 and 14 are offset (i.e. the south and north...
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    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I never figured out why that old house got knocked down. The restaurant that was there moved into the "Marda Loop Market" at 34 Ave and 20 St.
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    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Are there many examples of this anywhere in North America? I'd really be interested if anyone knows of any precedents. There might be some buildings like this built in Yorkville (Toronto) in the 1970s, but I can't think of any specific examples off the top of my head.
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    I know I've already said this, but it can't be emphasized enough. The street grid in the Olympic Plaza, CBE Building area is a huge impediment to ever improving the area. All of the streets are 4 or more lanes, mostly one-way. In some cases the streets widen to six or more lanes when you include...
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    Scenes can shade into each other. The Legion and the Palomino are at the edge of the so-called "9 Block" area, which contains Arts Commons, U of C's School of Architecture, Bow Valley College, and the new Central Library. This area has the potential to develop its own identity separate from the...
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    Smaller amenities are good, but the government has limited control over that, other than relaxing any regulations that might stand in their way. In terms of major amenities, I would love to see both the Alberta University of the Arts and the Jubilee Auditorium relocated somewhere downtown. The...
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    Covid-19

    I think all the East Asian countries demonstrate that if you have a population that is willing to take COVID seriously and follow the rules, you can actually get back to something pretty closely resembling normal. Even if you're skeptical of China's numbers, you can see success in Japan, South...
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    I don't know if I'd call it a write off. However, I think it will be hard to improve anything along 4, 5, and 6 Aves unless they are narrowed. 5 and 6 Aves should be reduced from 5 to 4 lanes. 4 Ave is already only 4 lanes, but its outside lanes are extremely wide to accommodate parked cars and...

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