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Underdeveloped and over-budget. Can you guess what it is? Claimed to be ”one of the biggest public transit infrastructure projects in, actually, North America” by Marc Logan, Calgary’s general manager of transportation, the Green Line LRT project is becoming a headache for anyone who chooses to listen.

Just a few short months ago, the City of Calgary announced changes for the Green Line LRT project. What were these changes you ask?

Money and Location

Originally budgeted for $4.5 billion, the city announced the budget had increased to $4.65 billion. Now $150 million may not seem like a lot when you think of the scale of the project, but the city also announced this increased budget would only cover less than half of stations originally

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“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost” is the new 3 R’s of recycling some of us learned in our early years of school. In an effort to achieve city council’s goal of keeping 70% of materials of out of city landfills by 2025, the City of Calgary has launched the Green Cart program city-wide. Starting earlier this month and completing by the end of August 2017, single-family homes across the city will receive their new, full-sized Green Cart. Residents will receive everything they need including: Green Cart, kitchen pail, starter supply of compostable and paper yard waste bags, as well as instruction guide and collection schedule.

Rolling out this program means an estimated 85 million kilograms of food and yard waste will be kept out of landfills every

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For the most part (well, at least until the Oil and Gas industry hit a recession) Calgary is a popular place to live, with more people migrating into the city than migrating out each year. However, the ever-growing population leaves city officials scratching their heads, thinking “where do we put all of these bodies!?” Secondary suites is one good solution to this problem, although unsurprisingly, there is potential for causing-havoc about the idea as well. You may be indifferent to the idea, but like anything else, there are both pros and cons surrounding secondary suites to be aware of. Below, we have compiled the most common arguments for both ‘for’ and ‘against’ secondary suites.

 

For

  • Creates Density

Mayor Nenshi is

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It's an age old, futile debate- Calgary or Edmonton? We decided to make our own comparison based on 4 factors: weather, nature, urban life, and housing market.

Weather

Calgary

Calgary, while claiming to be a moderate climate, has about 8 months of winter per year. The summer months can be lovely, but they’re short lived comparing to our neighbours in BC or our Ontarian companions out East. BUT, who can forget Leonardo DiCaprio's infamous shock and awe upon his discovery of chinooks.

Edmonton

Edmonton, in the Winter months especially, is cold. There’s no skirting around that one. And unlike Calgary, you don’t get a break from the relentless sting of Jack Frost via lovely, warm chinooks. Even their football team is called "The Edmonton

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What is the #1 factor that we look for in a neighbourhood? Some might say community amenities, some might say cleanliness, but these all come second to one very important feature: safety. We rank safety as our #1 priority. It's hugely important for obvious reasons; you want to rest assured that you and your family are not in harms way. Calgary had recently been declared one of the safest cities in all of Western Canada in 2014, and our crime rate is impressively low. According to Avenue Calgary Magazine, Calgarians also rated safety as the #1 most important quality for a neighborhood. It makes sense that having low crime rates is a requirement for anyone hoping to find a new neighbourhood to live in.

Research shows that communities closer to the

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Luxury homes are apart of that sweet, rich, American dream. They showcase outdoor tennis courts, home movie theaters, elevators, glorious kitchens, and they're chock full of luxurious appliances. Calgary, as a top Canadian city, holds some of the finest properties in Canada. Homes of this caliber are all unique in style and amenities, and the rich city culture combined with stunning mountain views brings the unique Calgarian twist. Investors, international buyers, and Canadians alike are looking to take advantage of the weak economy, especially in Alberta's vulnerable state. So, if you’ve recently inherited lot of money, looking to spoil yourself, or are simply curious of the possibilities, check out these luxurious Calgary homes.

Kestrel Ridge

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Recently, the Beltline community of Calgary has been apart of Nenshi’s 1st St major rejuvenation plan, giving the community more classy, uptown status. 1st Street runs right through the heart of the Beltline, and is undergoing updates to make the area feel modern while maintaining its historical roots.

One of the biggest construction projects on first street that was completed just a little while ago is the 1st St SW Underpass. This underpass has the highest pedestrian use of all Centre City at 9,500 pedestrians per day, and it was in major need of a renovation.The CP Railway continues to travel overhead, with aesthetically historic CPR architecture alongside it.

1st st sw underpass,

The project enhancements included

-new sidewalks and guardrails
-improved

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 suites, stairs

*Photo courtesy of Reiner Girsh

The City of Calgary is, to say the least, a little indecisive about it’s feelings towards secondary suites. There are specific zones in Calgary which are allowed secondary suites. To find out if you are in a zone to be able to develop a secondary suite, type your address into the property information tool found on the City of Calgary’s web page. Each zone also has slightly different rules and regulations on how a secondary suite can be constructed.

What is a secondary suite exactly? A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling unit on a property which has separate living, cooking, sleeping, and bathroom areas as the main unit.

Secondary suites are beneficial, especially to the growing city population of

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*Screengrab courtesy of The City of Calgary's Website.

 

What do the words green and belt have in common? Attach the word ‘line’ at the end of each and they become important pieces of infrastructure within the city of Calgary. The now most favourable route for the upcoming Green Line LRT construction will be mostly underground tunnels. While the fully tunneled option is certainly the most expensive- and will therefore have the most strain on taxpayers pockets- it’s an investment that will be well worth it in the end outcome. A big concern for city designers was making as minimal an impact as possible on the urban charm of areas like Inglewood and the Beltline while still making the stations accessible. There is expected to be two stops which

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Donald Trump. Whether you love him or hate him, the man is officially President, and one of the first moves he’s made in office is the reimplementation of constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline. While Trudeau and Notley may be thinly veiling their environmental concern and approving the pipeline’s go-ahead, Trump’s move will bring Alberta what we’ve been waiting for: Jobs. The Calgary Real Estate Board’s 2017 Forecast explained in detail how Calgary has suffered from the shocking 10% unemployment rate, from the dramatic net migration outside of the Calgary city limits to the tightened economic budgets cross-province. Mayor Nenshi has even been quoted saying that Calgary currently has the highest unemployment rate of Canadian cities.

The

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