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What if CP rail was re-routed to the perimeter of Calgary? This concept considers the value of that land as a central spine to the city and consi… Read More
What if CP rail was re-routed to the perimeter of Calgary? This concept considers the value of that land as a central spine to the city and considers better utilization, including mixed-use commercial, office, and residential that would take advantage of an attractive pedestrian, cyclist and outdoor amenity spine. Read Less
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Beltline Promenade

I developed this concept for fun, because I see a burning need to do something more with the railway corridor that bisects Calgary.  This concept considers the value of that land as a central spine to the city and considers better utilization, including mixed-use commercial, office, and residential that would take advantage of an attractive pedestrian, cyclist and outdoor amenity spine. My hope is this gets people looking critically our city spaces, and how they can serve us better.

What it could be: Pedestrians walk above instead of below the underpass; open sunny overpasses provide excellent opportunities for community gardens; dedicated cycling on the left; cafe seating on the sunny side, with people-watching, lounging, playing, picnicking, skating, etc, in the centre.
CP rail downtown at 4th St. SW, 2010. A string of parking lots line this corridor: the only use that will tolerate this industrial environment.
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