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  1. CBBarnett

    ELVA | ?m | 5s | Wexford | Ziedler

    Mission will never be done until the Holy Cross Centre get's redeveloped. It alone is about 20% of the neighbourhood, smack in the middle of it with decaying towers fronting onto large surface parking lots. It still has some health care and affiliated services run out of it, but it's designed...
  2. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    It's a good question - and it's certainly not a universal "everyone is thriving" reality. Definitely some buildings and market sectors are crushed right now, but many are reasonably okay as well. When we say that urban neighbourhoods are thriving a key point is that 2019 urban neighbourhoods...
  3. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    I think this is also largely a testament to Calgary's inner city being the only market that offers a notably urban lifestyle in the prairies (Edmonton being a smaller but notable alternative). This is often the first stop for anyone looking for a big city in this part of the continent (either by...
  4. CBBarnett

    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    Some rural municipalities will be absolutely slammed by this plan as property taxes are their only form of revenue the province allows them to collect and now the province is forcing them to collect from only a smaller tax base. Removing these properties from the tax base without much lead time...
  5. CBBarnett

    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    I of course totally agree. If the assumption is that the pedestrian realm will be improved through physically adjacent redevelopment, while the vehicular realm is under no such conditional investment plan - you will never create a good public realm. Piecemeal, inconsistent, decades apart (and...
  6. CBBarnett

    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    Yeah I think this is a fair point and all digital retail and corporate approaches are valid options - but even substituting ACAD ( AUA now I think?) is that major change. Take 1,000 - 1,500 18 - 24 year olds and have them spend their time directly in the core rather than the NW. That's a *huge*...
  7. CBBarnett

    Fixing Calgary's Business District

    A few thoughts on how to fix the CBD. Most importantly, we need to fully and whole-heartedly acknowledge what the CBD is - an urban place at the centre of the city that holds physical, economic and cultural significance to the wider city, region and ultimately our image to the country and world...
  8. CBBarnett

    Calgary's Beltline

    I don't know if one currently exists, but I put my Public Realm Catelogue in one of the folders. Go ahead and make one and I'd contribute for sure!
  9. CBBarnett

    Calgary's Beltline

    I looked into this a bit and counted parking stalls nearby, I probably missed some. I only counted online parking spots so missed all condos, residential, dedicated stalls and on-street. This is all I could find within a block or so, including underground and surface parking. Guess how many...
  10. CBBarnett

    Calgary's Beltline

    I think that the Beltline is far too residential in nature to be a good place for a digital mini Younge/Dundas type square. We could borrow some small elements for a Tompkins Park redo, but otherwise most of the neighbourhood lacks monumentality that is required for these type of grand public...
  11. CBBarnett

    Calgary & Alberta Economy

    I agree with this and want to explore it in detail. It's a long one so buckle in and let me take you on a word journey. I'll start by saying I love successful industries that make people prosperous, but I hate bad public policy and governance even more. I think in Alberta spends way too much...
  12. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    5th Street south of 17th Ave is one of the best examples of where there is a clear pedestrian infrastructure/public realm gap that I often rant about. Remember: our past choices have determined that parking is more important than adequate sidewalk width here. Choices are not immutable laws of...
  13. CBBarnett

    Calgary Transit

    I like it and 100x better than what's there. My only thought is that we have yet another project that strays into the Calgary-motif of let's-have-random-angles-and-curves-in-all-our-designs-and-rooflines (e.g. MAX BRT shelters, most newer LRT stations, all new recreation centres, BMO centres...
  14. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    That's part of the 2nd Street project for better pedestrian crossings and dedicated cycling lanes from Elbow to the 12 Ave. The idea is they reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians (less time in the road to be hit) and make them more visible around parked vehicles (more likely to be seen)...
  15. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Annex | 30m | 9s | Minto Group | Nyhoff Architecture

    The size of units question is an interesting one. I assume the market in Calgary for the tiny apartments is small, but so is existing supply. I recommend people follow https://doodles.mountainmath.ca/ for all sorts of statistical approaches to the housing market and other city factors. Really...
  16. CBBarnett

    What brought you to this site?

    Came here after The Decline and Fall of SSP. I appreciate this place for the constructive debates - it's really useful to have a sounding board for any dumb questions or theories that I might not be able to ask elsewhere. I can say this site helps my career and thought process to test out...
  17. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    Midtown: impressive density, I didn't see it on their site but I am assuming 4,000 - 5,000 units? So 1/3rd of a Beltline worth over the build-out period of several decades. Take my pros/cons with a grain of salt as it's not much more than a massing diagram at this point. Pros: Obvious...
  18. CBBarnett

    Midtown Station | Multiple Buildings | IBI Group | Midtown Station

    Midtown: impressive density, I didn't see it on their site but I am assuming 4,000 - 5,000 units? So 1/3rd of a Beltline worth over the build-out period of several decades. Take my pros/cons with a grain of salt as it's not much more than a massing diagram at this point. Pros: Obvious...
  19. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    I am curious how this works in most other cities - many "conquer nature" to some degree, progressively better engineering, increased upstream protections etc. - but so many cities around the world experience earthquakes, hurricanes and flash flooding. Surely insurance/state protections play a...
  20. CBBarnett

    Urban Development and Proposals Discussion

    It's actually a really interesting building due to it's bus/passenger capabilities - huge interior clearances and great road network access - and the corresponding terrible pedestrian access, despite some best efforts to the LRT station - but with a weird office and lobby space connected. Not a...

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