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ByeByeBaby

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It is more important to broadcast how much fun you are having in the cool new space, than to actually have the fun in the cool new space.
I think that taking a picture for your social media is the main source of fun you can have in this cool new space. I haven't yet been, but as near as I can tell from all photos of the park, you get a somewhat different view (and can be photographed in front of it), and there's some signs pretty clearly designed as instagram backdrops and beyond that... there's some picnic tables. Wheeee.

It's not like they're standing in front of a skate ramp or a climbing wall or artwork or a basketball court and ignoring the rec opportunities to take pictures.
 

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Yeah, nice to see it coming back. One of the better pieces of art that we've seen.

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I can't see it being for the underpass being on the south side of the 11th, you have so much usable space on the northside for construction staging. I suspect the landowner is simply cleaning up the site and will be using it as a parking lot for the foreseeable future.
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Some of the last old single family homes in Victoria Park came down today
In case anyone was wondering. These were not old as in 'heritage' type homes. They looked like they were built in the 30's-40's and were absolute dumps from the outside. I believe there is a couple houses further to the east that are still inhabited, and then of course there is Tony's Auto Service complete with residence that looks out of place now.
 

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Man all that scorched earth land beside the tracks is irritating. I wish it would get some landscaping at least.
 

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In case anyone was wondering. These were not old as in 'heritage' type homes. They looked like they were built in the 30's-40's and were absolute dumps from the outside. I believe there is a couple houses further to the east that are still inhabited, and then of course there is Tony's Auto Service complete with residence that looks out of place now.
They were a classic example of "victory housing" which were small, formulaic houses built post-second world war for returning service members. You can see other examples throughout the inner city and throughout Canada. They might not have been flashy but they are an important part of our history and it's sad to see them tossed in the bin. Hopefully the site doesn't sit empty for decades
 

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Saw this drilling rig today west of the BMO Centre.
Would this be related to the proposed hotel ?
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That doesn't look to be within the hotel parcel, so I'd say it's for the Victoria Park Station redo. The timing would make sense too; we don't even have an official proposal for the hotel yet, while the station demolition is imminent.
 

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Yes, that rig is for the work on the vic park station, it is for construction of the new utility complex station that will be adjacent to the current power station. They've been doing underground utility work on that stretch of the line for the last few months getting it ready.

I mistakenly said in the transit thread I thought they would be building the temp platform there but having a proper read through of the the plans I see they will actually be making use of the the three configurations of the current platform during construction. Page 5: https://pub-calgary.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=140804
 

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