Urban Vibrancy

Six passionate Calgarians speak out about Calgary’s housing issues.

Calgary may be the best overall city in North America, but will newcomers get the home they want?

“Business in Calgary” magazine gathered opinions on what it would take to create urban vibrancy. Calgary insiders, from the City of Calgary’s general manager of planning to Calgary builders, hold varying opinions on the right solution for our bursting city. 

“Calgary needs to be an inclusionary city, designed not only for oil executives but teachers, firefighters, accountants, nurses and truck drivers.”

Simon O’Byrne, vice-president, urban planning at Stantec

The article, “Collective Vision” was inspired by Simon O’Byrne, a professional urban planner and designer with Stantec. His speech at the Leaders of Tomorrow awards gala focused on a group of Chicago businessmen who realized that the greatness of Chicago would determine the greatness of their business. Their collective vision helped make Chicago America’s third-largest city – for no apparent reason, other than the efforts of outspoken city supporters.

The intent of this article is to create discussion from people with a long-term vested interest in what our city should look like.

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October 23rd, 2014
Updated: September 14th, 2017

The solution for Calgary’s housing problem is a matter of opinion.