New development may lead to social exclusion.

Calgary’s East Village may suffer from “diversity annihilation”

Note: this article was first published on September 26, 2015 at Klumpentown. Some edits have been made to fit the context of a broader discussion of urban development. The inspiration for this article came from reading Jarrett Walker’s post on Rhetorical Annihilation in the social sciences. It’s a good read, and I’ve adopted his thinking into the way I write papers and conduct research. What Walker is saying is that it is very easy when conducting research of any kind to

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One way streets are bad for pedestrians, business, and may not even improve traffic flow.

Downtown’s one way streets are, well, a one way street

Many decades ago there was a sweeping movement across cities in North America to convert two-way streets to one way streets. Calgary’s downtown was no exception, as evidenced by the current setup with major east-west one way roads on 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th, and 12th Avenues. Calgary’s 6th Avenue SW, facing west (via Google Street View) For Calgary in particular, one reason for the many one-way corridors has to do with the geometry of Calgary’s downtown. It is much “wider” (east-west)

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Transitway a net positive, but has some potential drawbacks.

Critiquing Calgary’s southwest transitway

Note: This article was originally published on February 25, 2016 at Klumpentown. It was featured in a Metro news article, and I discussed the issue on News/Talk 770. Recently, the City of Calgary has been developing ‘transitways’ for a couple of areas of the city which have been deemed to lack sufficient high-speed transit service, but do not warrant a larger-capacity type service such as an LRT line. Today I am going to try my hand at something new: critique,

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