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  1. CBBarnett

    Calgary Regional Rail Transit

    I like it, the case for a train makes sense - I just get real monorail vibes from this proposal sometimes though. It's all sales pitches and no meat. What's the speed? How frequent is the service? What the route alternatives if CP doesn't play ball as nicely as they imagine? How does it...
  2. CBBarnett

    Calgary Public Realm Catalogue

    *Posting here for posterity, originally posted in the Urban Development chat* The sidewalks are pretty rough shape for large portion as the temporary fills have slumped and the parts that haven't been touched yet are 6 years worse for wear with missing bricks etc. It's makes no sense to drag...
  3. CBBarnett

    Calgary | West Village Towers | 150m | 41s | Cidex Group | NORR Dubai Yahya Jan

    That semi-trailer corridor is remarkably visible here.
  4. CBBarnett

    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    It's all been said before, but the river pathway is a total gem and really is unmatched in most cities, particularly in North America. It's already started in places, but I think the logical next step is to continue to lean into the river pathway system backbone and actually start thinking of...
  5. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Sunalta Heights | 88.39m | 27s | S2 Architecture

    Went by a few days ago, looks under-construction but closer to finishing than starting. I would bet sometime this summer or fall.
  6. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Sunalta Heights | 88.39m | 27s | S2 Architecture

    Also Two House Brewery that's being built at the old Mikey's location (10 Ave & 18 Street SW, across from Sentry Box). I think they were forced to move from their old building where this tower is going up but didn't go far, just down the street.
  7. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Sunalta Heights | 88.39m | 27s | S2 Architecture

    the 14 Street rubicon has been crossed. Great to see! Sunalta has always had the proximity and a few gems like Sentry Box but it's really starting to pull the pieces together in the past 10 years. LRT station, a few microbreweries and bunch of small scale infills to add to the larger towers...
  8. CBBarnett

    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    And to my comment in the other thread - to what need? Permanently sacrificing a cycling connection and/or wider and more consistent sidewalks to accommodate a handful of cars? Events in the area will have tens of thousands of visitors, not a dozen. Any on-street space for parking won't add any...
  9. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    Street parking can be useful in certain retail/main street contexts - but that's not what this street is now or likely will be in the future, despite all the words used to sell this corridor on the public. It is and will likely remain a major facility/event street - a probable 20,000-seat arena...
  10. CBBarnett

    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    That's the way to do a bicycle cage - some degree of weather protection, huge amounts of space, right up front of the building instead of through a bunch of awkward doors near a back entrance, or in a basement near the dumpsters.
  11. CBBarnett

    Affinity | 28m | 8s | Genco | Max Tayefi

    It's always funny to me when buildings want to be square but roads want to be curvy and no one blinks. Everyone involves just shrugs, and fills in the gaps with random amounts of green space and moves on to the next development. To be fair there's a big grade there it will be nicer to look at...
  12. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    As @Silence&Motion posted in the other thread, Marda Loop area is full of some weird stuff and loads of experimentation, good and bad. Clever ground-oriented intensification at true neighbourhood-changing volumes/scales, townhomes of all sorts of ages and styles, a whole lot of oversized and...
  13. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    If you are interested in some background, a very detailed dialogue about how Calgary grew and where is here: https://www.aupress.ca/app/uploads/120152_99Z_Foran_2009-Expansive_Discources.pdf Amazing that the author was interested enough in this stuff to get into the level of detail they did. I...
  14. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Capella | ?m | ?s | Brookfield | McKinley Burkart

    Does anyone know how many units and people is University District supposed to have at full build out?
  15. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Infill Development Discussion

    Ah yes, the family that introduced me to the existence of CanLII database of all legal proceedings in Canada. A piece of local Kensington history.
  16. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    I didn't realize CMLC had authority over the road design here. They seem to be proposing what appears to be unprotect cycling facility in between on-street parking and vehicle travel lane. This has long been not best practice in cycling facility design. What's even more of an issue? What do...
  17. CBBarnett

    Calgary | The Bridge | 52.42m | 16s | Jemm Properties | Zeidler

    I disagree with your characterization of my post - I don't believe that a park's "function" comes purely from the ability to cross through it quickly, I criticized the aspect where we preserve "old" over "function" to support use of the people using the park. "Function" of a space is defined as...
  18. CBBarnett

    Roads, Highways & Infrastructure

    I had that thought too, it's weird how similar the bridge span options are despite the vastly different practical requirement between all the options presented. Either the designers are building to assume a retrofit for vehicle access one-day or they have never walked through a successful...
  19. CBBarnett

    Roads, Highways & Infrastructure

    I agree with this - nothing prevents a park on either end but the really expensive part (by pedestrians/cycling infrastructure standards) is the underpass. Sure it'll be cheaper than a deeper and wider all-modes underpass, but the span needs to be nowhere close to that extensive to offer the...
  20. CBBarnett

    Calgary | The Dorian | 98.45m | 27s | PBA Land Development | Gibbs Gage

    Do you know if the transportation folks offered a compromise to reducing a 5th Ave to 4 lanes from the current 5 lanes to give up a lane for a layby? That would be a win for everyone - the sidewalk is not impacted, the hotel gets their load/unload lane, and traffic flows are un-impacted - it's...

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