” …the risk, if you don’t produce a more compact form, is bankruptcy. Other North American cities have gotten themselves into hot water by not doing that.”
Those are words from a planning coordinator in Calgary, Alberta. If they can get their heads around the blessings of smarter, less wasteful development there’s definitely good hope for the rest of Canada.
image: Grant Hutchinson via Flickr/CC
The Calgary Herald recently did a series on the local version of the aging suburban middle many North American cities seem to feature. We are quite happy to report that life in Calgary’s catabolic pastry is definitely not all bad news.
Babin: how one community in Calgary’s “doughnut of decline” is managing its rebirth
What does this say about wages and support for women and children in Canada? Too low and not enough. Another major argument for basic income.
Pay for child care or quit work? Calgary families forced to choose
Good news from Calgary, Alberta for the getting around file.
Calgary’s soaring transit use suggests high ridership is possible even in sprawling cities thetransportpolitic.com
image: man playing guitar on bus via Library & Archives Canada
Ideas raised in response to suburban poverty must be not only bold, timely, innovative, sustainable, and out-of-the-box, they also must taste good. Here are two links to people growing things where you might not expect that to be happening. Hope your Canadian Thanksgiving was plentiful and pleasant.
Jane-finch farm rakes in first harvest
image: liz west via Wikimedia Commons
Canadian Thanksgiving weekend comes upon us and we do find plenty to be thankful for. The country remains blessed and peaceful. All the more reason to question the kind of poverty found even where the banks are apparently sensible and the tar sands melt into money. There is always a flip side to a resources boom, always. Vibrant Communities Calgary, a non-profit agency addressing poverty, details the nature of the problem in a blog and through other resources and intiatives in areas from wages to free transit on election days.
Supporting municipal policies in poverty reduction