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December 2013 | Issue 168

Looking back 2013

With Christmas fast approaching, and the New Year right behind it, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to contemplate the year that was. It’s fulfilling for me (hopefully, for you the reader, as well) to look back and see the various covers and features we’ve had over those past 12 months and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to see the growth of residential developments in the city charted this way.

The past year’s condo profiles attest to remarkable growth everywhere in the city — from fancy downtown high-rises to comfy and attainable townhomes in the suburbs. Growth for the multi-family development industry is all over the map, and the map itself is growing.

It is this growth and how to manage it that has actually marked the year, with the intense (often heated) discussions between the City and the industry on just how to go about it. In this final issue for 2013, Jim Zang tries to explain how we got to this point and how things will likely unfold in the coming year(s). It’s difficult to foresee how the tug-of-war for Calgary’s growth will play out, but one thing for sure we will be there at the frontlines covering the issue.

Our cover this issue illustrates the will of Calgarians in getting back up from June’s devastating floods. SoBow by M2i Developments in Inglewood shows how this inner-city neighbourhood — one of the hardest hit areas in Calgary — fought its way back and has now reclaimed its standing as one of the most liveable neighbourhoods in the city. All six condo profiles compiled in this issue — both inner-city and suburban developments — attest that demand remains strong in the multi-family market.

The Post by Avi Urban in Nolan Hill and Kintalla by Streetside in Redstone, present the new face of suburban north Calgary with innovative and attainable townhome designs. While Avenue West by Grosvenor and Cressey development groups, The Alexander by Assured Communities, Vogue by La Caille, and SoBow, all offer the finest inner-city suites. Whether in high-rise tower complexes or innovative city homes or townhomes, high-density homes are in huge demand. The community of Walden in the southeast is a microcosm of this growth, and Jessica Patterson explains why.

Of course, a Christmas issue isn’t a Christmas issue without our design tips on setting up your Christmas tree or finding the finest gifts from the hometown shops, we have it all lined up in Jessica Patterson’s On Trend feature and Kathy McCormick’s Shopping story. Aaliya Essa gets in the act with her own line-up of best toys in Focus On.

Calgary really is an amazing city, and the range of multi-family options available is nothing short of astounding. I can’t wait to see what other developments are coming down the line.


Pepper Rodriguez
Editor
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