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  1. zagox

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    It's pretty obvious in practice that the ARP density is the lower limit of what Council will approve for a land use redesignation. Negotiations assume that as a guaranteed right and go up from there. If you look at the ARPs with this lens then they are pretty reasonable.
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    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    I agree, it is neither likely nor necessary that the centre of the CBD will be a 24/7 multi-use space. Most office districts in most cities are boring 9 to 5 areas, even in cities with great nightlife. No one wants to hang out after-hours in San Francisco's Financial District, Paris' La...
  3. zagox

    Calgary | Green Line LRT | ?m | ?s | Calgary Transit

    I was surprised at how tame this review ended up - was expecting a much harsher critique. I suppose they have thrown enough mud that they can blame the city if there are problems down the road, but aren’t going to be caught killing the project.
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    Calgary | Sola | 26m | 8s | Ocgrow | Riddell Kurczaba

    So their last project was a strip mall in Cochrane with a Subway, Domino’s, and Liquor District ... ... and now they are “forming this long-term, strategic alliance with Amazon and its incredible Alexa group of devices, which shall continue to accelerate growth for Ocgrow Group, while...
  5. zagox

    Era | 41m | 13s | Minto Group

    Site clearance underway!
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    Calgary | The Giordano | 18m | 5s | Brava Developments | Casola Koppe

    Well, this guy showed up with 14 of his friends and they won the appeal against the development to the west of The Giordano. He did mention that his original plan was to build his weird shipping-containers-randomly-stacked house 200 sqft bigger and was miffed that the City made him shrink it.
  7. zagox

    Place 10 | 121m | 35s | Centron | Gibbs Gage

    Crane is swinging this morning!
  8. zagox

    Calgary | Unbuilt Projects

    i sincerely hope the IOC archives are in a vault inside a bunker beneath a mountain in Switzerland
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    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    I think they will be a 'fad' in the sense that there will be a ramp up in popularity to some unsustainable peak, and then they will decline in popularity but become a permanent part of the landscape. See in-line skates, mountain bikes, etc.
  10. zagox

    Calgary | Unbuilt Projects

    Heavy rail to Canmore and Banff, plus a gondola from Banff townsite to Norquay, are a good push in that direction. I assume the feds will require some shuttle bus implementation and maybe restrictions on private vehicles if they are going to fund it through CIB. I don't see a greenfield...
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    Alberta Politics

    I would be concerned, but not particularly alarmed, if I were Kenney for a few reasons: 1) It's pretty clear that Kenney is implementing the most unpopular parts of his platform -- things like harder bargaining with the doctors -- early in their mandate. In the final year before the next...
  12. zagox

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    Beautiful development, well done. My main question is, does this project make any sense? The cost of design and construction for these units, plus the amount of city staff time that was consumed to produce 8 units of affordable housing is astronomical. And at a city-wide scale, at the risk of...
  13. zagox

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    I’d rather not see a hotel there, likely means 2 curb cuts where there are none currently. I’d appreciate more or less a twin of the Kensington a couple doors down. Having said all that, mostly I am hoping that the banks foreclose on the property, and sell it to a private developer to pay off...
  14. zagox

    Calgary | Aspen and Bow | ?m | 5s | Anthem | Rositch Hemphill

    they are installing a plaque, here is the artist’s concept rendering presented to the BRZ:
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    Closure of traffic on Crescent Road

    A less capital-intensive version of these changes would be to have the temporary road closures retained on summer weekends. That’s when you have the most bike/ped/scooter use and the least motor vehicle traffic on these corridors.
  16. zagox

    Closure of traffic on Crescent Road

    I’m good with closing it permanently if it is closed permanently to all motor vehicles. If it becomes a semi-private road for residents and their contractors and gardeners, no thank you.
  17. zagox

    Calgary real estate market

    Strongly agree with your bullish sentiment on urban areas in mid-size cities. Calgary, Kelowna, and Kamloops are all well positioned in my opinion. Even before Covid, Canada was behind the U.S. in terms of people and jobs moving out of high cost big cities into lower cost smaller cities - the...
  18. zagox

    Calgary | Irvine | 23.47m | 6s | Torode | NORR

    John Torode is accused of driving drunk, northbound in the southbound lanes of Deerfoot Trail, at 12:30am with a 20 year old woman in the passenger seat, when he crashed head-on into a minivan.
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    Calgary real estate market

    I am bullish on, as they put it, "places where specific lifestyle choices are available". Canmore, Muskoka, Whistler, etc. You can commute once a month to Calgary, Toronto, or Vancouver from those places. In a world where many high-end jobs are doable remotely, with the occasional office visit...
  20. zagox

    Calgary | Kensington Mixed Use | ?m | 9s | Stonebriar | McKinley Burkart

    Don't worry there's still time to add some before the DP comes out. Also 6-7 more colours and some fins, louvres, and a spoiler.