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Bertie Wooster

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I led the master planning of that community in Providence - I left the company about a year ago.

Designed by Calthorpe, it’ll have similarities to Stapleton in Denver, if you want a comparison. However, it is more dense and mixed use. If you want a decent analog to at least the lower density housing product, including blocks of “greencourts” whereby housing interior to blocks front open space rather than the street.

Landscape Architecture by Civitas our of Denver who did St Patrick’s Island and Th r Central Park in University District.

Lots of really good design in there and should be a model for good urbanism in the suburbs. 90% rear lane product from starter to the highest end stuff. The town centre will be a really walkable and interesting place. Company is very committed to the concept, and the builders were very excited for something like this.

The challenge of course is things like connectivity to the city and stuff like that. In the short term, there are bus routes in Evergreen/Bridlewood that will be easily extended across the ring road to serve these communities. Medium term, there is a dedicated bus transit way on 162nd Ave that will go in and connect over to the LRT. Right of ways and bridge over the Ring Road are already there, so it’s a cheap line to build. It is in the levy, so there are funding sources available to build it.
 

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Everything in the plan looks good. It reminds me of how Bridgeland is turning out with the various types of housing and densities. The challenge as someone mentioned is the way the new neighborhoods integrate with the rest of the city, but that's a whole other situation. Nothing the developer or architect can fix on their own, it's the overall way suburbs in general are developed.
I led the master planning of that community in Providence - I left the company about a year ago.

Designed by Calthorpe, it’ll have similarities to Stapleton in Denver, if you want a comparison. However, it is more dense and mixed use. If you want a decent analog to at least the lower density housing product, including blocks of “greencourts” whereby housing interior to blocks front open space rather than the street.

Landscape Architecture by Civitas our of Denver who did St Patrick’s Island and Th r Central Park in University District.

Lots of really good design in there and should be a model for good urbanism in the suburbs. 90% rear lane product from starter to the highest end stuff. The town centre will be a really walkable and interesting place. Company is very committed to the concept, and the builders were very excited for something like this.

The challenge of course is things like connectivity to the city and stuff like that. In the short term, there are bus routes in Evergreen/Bridlewood that will be easily extended across the ring road to serve these communities. Medium term, there is a dedicated bus transit way on 162nd Ave that will go in and connect over to the LRT. Right of ways and bridge over the Ring Road are already there, so it’s a cheap line to build. It is in the levy, so there are funding sources available to build it.
 

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Tom Campbell's Hill isn't really a hill. It is landfill as is the zoo parking lot. Building would be a bad idea.
I don't believe the hill portion was ever landfill. The hill was always there. The city had a landfill around where the zoo parking lot and and extended to around where the Memorial/Deerfoot interchange is.
 

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If only that train stopped in the middle of Bridgeland then it would have been a full on proper TOD. Still great to see the area boom into a dense node.
Calgary does TOD very poorly, instead opting for an approach more akin to Transit-Adjacent Development (TAD).
Hopefully we see better results through the Green Line than what has materialized on either the Red or Blue.
 

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That’s correct. In old photos you can see the hill was always there. Back some years ago after the zoo stopped using the hill, there was talk of making it into an industrial park. That’s right , an industrial park! Thankfully it was opposed and left as a park.

I like it as a park, but if anyone ever wanted to develop the bottom 40 or 50 feet of the park I’d be OK with that.

I don't believe the hill portion was ever landfill. The hill was always there. The city had a landfill around where the zoo parking lot and and extended to around where the Memorial/Deerfoot interchange is.
 

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