It’s hard not to cheer for an economic downturn

The prospect of a housing market collapse makes me giddy. Low oil prices? It warms my heart. Higher interest rates? Ooh, baby. I would be willing to bet there are a lot of you reading that and nodding your head in agreement. Yes, you think, that could be great. It might even mean that one … Continue reading It’s hard not to cheer for an economic downturn

Calgary doesn’t care about you

Back in 2008, a friend of mine lived in a nice apartment with not-so-great neighbours on a bit of a sketchy corner. Still, the two-bedroom, 1950s-era space was big, relatively nice and relatively cheap at $800 per month. Six years later, that same apartment is up for rent, listed on rentfaster.ca for $3,000. That represents … Continue reading Calgary doesn’t care about you

Jim Prentice’s flood of words

Although the calendar reads September 2014, some Calgarians would be forgiven for thinking it was June 2013. Since Jim Prentice was anointed as this province’s new leader, the latest in the 43-year Conservative dynasty, there has been a flood of promises and policies, including sudden decisions on flood mitigation itself. The government is going to … Continue reading Jim Prentice’s flood of words

Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

While cries of social engineering and a war on cars echo off the sides of skyscrapers and condos, the city is busy turning Calgary into a bike-friendly city in newer communities and suburbs without much fuss. Although there has been at least one councillor bemoaning the separated bike lane being built on Northland Drive in … Continue reading Cycling outside of Calgary’s inner city

City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis

There is at least one thing that almost everybody agrees on: there is a housing crisis in Calgary and we need more affordable housing. The devil, as they say, is in the details. The mayor has made the issue a priority and now the city is taking its first tentative steps towards creating an affordable … Continue reading City of Calgary to tackle affordable housing crisis

Public art I can’t wait to see

Council recently voted to have city administration review the public art policy. One suggestion was that the public should have more say in public art installations. I couldn't agree more. We should do away with the jury and those people who "claim" to know about "art." Here are some sculptures that I'm really excited to … Continue reading Public art I can’t wait to see

UDI’s facts on segregating Calgary

You know what's uncomfortable? Living next to tattooed lesbians, or gays or just straight dudes with tattoos. Especially if they shop at Safeway alongside more respectable members of suburban society. I mean, yes, you have to come across them from time to time when you work downtown, but these people should really stay down there … Continue reading UDI’s facts on segregating Calgary

Laneway living in Calgary

Behind the facade of Calgary’s inner-city neighbourhoods is a largely dusty area of garbage cans, bottle pickers and garages. It’s the perfect place to build a home. While there’s been a lot of rhetoric as of late around suburban versus urban growth, there’s a wealth of unused land in Calgary. In other cities that same … Continue reading Laneway living in Calgary

Calgary’s slow but steady cycling plan

Calgary is the poster child for the poetic notion that things end not with a bang but a whisper. It’s the lead up to that silent, accepting conclusion that causes all the problems. Need proof? Look at the Peace Bridge, or the bike lanes on 10th Street N.W. Infrastructure changes don’t come easy to Calgary, … Continue reading Calgary’s slow but steady cycling plan

Pennies for culture: Transformation Calgary wants to build a better city

George Brookman isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to be advocating for a sales tax. He’s a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, the typical Calgary businessman who’s, well, all business. Down-to-earth and direct, he realizes that he and his organization, Transformation Calgary, have a lot of selling to do in order to win over this city’s tax-averse … Continue reading Pennies for culture: Transformation Calgary wants to build a better city