City of Calgary lets residents of Kingsland decide how to revitalize their own neighbourhood

It’s a simple question seldom asked of a community.

“What do you want?”

An enduring peril faced by aging communities is the spectre of well intentioned bureaucrats poring over maps and photos from behind a desk at city hall, arbitrarily determining what a neighbourhood needs to fuel its revitalization.

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Inglewood long at the forefront of Calgary’s push to revitalize older neighbourhoods

Long before it became a trendy urban oasis, Pat Abbott remembers a very different Inglewood.

“It was around 1962 and there were two really large homes on the street that were rooming houses — for my mom it used to be her evening entertainment,” said the longtime Inglewood resident and community volunteer, whose family moved into their home on the neighbourhood’s west end in 1916.

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Residents offer input on Petrolia shopping centre revitalization

EDMONTON – Fed up with the state of a neighbourhood strip mall, residents of three south Edmonton communities crowded into a hall Saturday to share ideas on redeveloping the site.

“This is part of a longer campaign to fix the Petrolia shopping centre,” said Michael Walters, civics director with the Aspen Gardens Community League.

“In the last 20 years, the place has gone from a dynamic and vibrant part of the community to a deficit for the community.”

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Neighbours try to sweet-talk developers into rebuilding Petrolia Mall

EDMONTON – Petrolia Mall has seen better days.

The parking lot is full of potholes, most of the space inside is vacant, and now even the Giant Tiger anchor store has pulled out.

“The mall used to be a really healthy place, full of good businesses that served the local residents. In the last couple decades, the whole thing has just fallen into a bit of a ruin,” says Michael Walters, civics director with the local community league.

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Revitalization to downtown is ongoing

Fort Saskatchewan residents may remember the downtown revitalizing program launched by the city three years ago, and may not have seen much since an initial push.

The city, however, is reinforcing that the project is ongoing, and that the most noticeable changes would have been seen in the first few years. Now it’s time for everything else.

“I think one of the key messages is that it’s still continuing,” said Terry Stacey, director of Fort Saskatchewan Economic Development.


Town OKs CRL bylaw; awaits provincial cash

Town council approved the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) bylaw during a special meeting Nov. 29, paving the way for the municipality to retain $13 million from the province for capital projects in Cochrane’s downtown core.

The CRL is a one-time opportunity for the town to redirect the education portion of collected property taxes to enhance a specific CRL area. These funds would otherwise be seized by the province in the form of an education tax, but if utilized properly would instead be targeted to support the cleanup and redevelopment of ‘brownfield sites.’

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Fight continues over subsidized inner-city housing

EDMONTON- Mayor Stephen Mandel says he has serious doubts that a proposed freeze on building subsidized housing in five low-income, inner-city neighbourhoods would help revitalize these communities or reduce crime.

“It don’t see what this will do to change the communities,” Mandel said Monday. “I think we’ll end up creating more problems.”

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