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Oct. 05, 2017 | CREBNow

Show and tell

Find out where Calgary's councillor candidates stand on several housing-related issues

Denver Brust, vice-president internal with the Ramsay Community Association, said the decision to demolish the local seniors' centre has given the community an opportunity to more closely future development. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Nov. 18, 2016 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Turning the page

Ramsay seniors take next steps following demolition of historic hub

Four years after a hailstorm heavily damaged the building, the Ramsay Welcome Centre is coming down as residents begin to discuss what might replace it as part of their community hub.

The local seniors' centre has been located on Eighth Street S.E. since the 1970s. Before that, the building was actually located in West Hillhurst before being moved across the city, explains Denver Brust, vice-president internal with the Ramsay Community Association, adding the current community hall was built next door in the 1980s.

John Brown with the University of Calgary said the laneway project represents an innovative solution to aging in place. Photo courtesy University of Calgary.

June 06, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison

Time and a place

Seniors' groups welcome potential option to aging in place

Seniors' advocates in Calgary are cautiously praising a city council decision to look at a University of Calgary pilot project that's studying laneway housing as an option to aging in place.

In mid-May, council agreed to support a motion by Coun. Gian-Carlo Cara that would have City administration work with the university as it embarks on the next phase of its Aging-In-Place Laneway Housing project.

Kerby Centre CEO Luanne Whitmarsh called the idea, "a really interesting concept," but added more study needs to be done, such as ensuring that, "it isn't just going to make more isolation.

"Also, what does it look like? If (seniors) still need support and there are people entering the home instead of a grassy front yard, it's a back alley. We have to look at quality of life," she said.

Inglewood BRZ executive director Rebecca O’Brien said her community would welcome a parking revenue allocation policy, and would use the funds for streetscape improvements. Photo by Wil Andruschak, for CREB®Now

May 03, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison

Parking with benefits

Calgary to look at popular alternative to street parking

Nobody likes paying for street parking, but imagine if the money collected went directly into improvements for the community where you parked.

That's the idea behind Parking Benefit Districts (PBD), a concept gaining traction in a number of U.S. cities and may be on its way to Calgary.

"Parking Benefit Districts provide a solution to that political problem (of charging for street parking) as it creates a mechanism where the revenue generated stays in that local area," explains Greg Morrow, who sits on the CalgaryPlanning Commission and holds the Parker Professorship in Metropolitan Growth and Change with the faculty of environmental design and Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. "You can direct parking revenue into local improvements like sidewalks, or installing new themed street lights."


Nov. 23, 2012 | Cody Stuart

Pop The Question: Gian-Carlo Carra

Raised in both Calgary and New York City, Gian-Carlo Carra was elected to serve his first term as Alderman for Ward 9 in October 2010. Having obtained a Masters in Environmental Design/Urban Design at the University of Calgary and serving on the City's Standing Policy Committee on Land Use Planning & Transportation, Carra brings a passion for building walkable, safe and fiscally responsible communities to City Hall. CREB® caught up with Alderman Carra to talk a little bit about Calgary.

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