City warns school closures could hurt revival of older neighbourhoods

Calgary aldermen, who usually mind their mouths when school boards close schools, warned Wednesday that vacating inner-city schools runs counter to city hall’s efforts to redevelop those older neighbourhoods.

The complaints emerged as council’s planning committee voted to end the city’s standard of telling boards that program or school closures won’t have community impact. Instead, the city will submit letters that note how a closure affects the ambitions of Plan It Calgary, the city’s long-range blueprint to limit outward sprawl.

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