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  1. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I think most of the monolithic feelings are mostly due to the super low density around in all directions for a few lots or blocks. Surround this one with a bunch of other 4 - 6 walkups and you lose that feeling. Once the retail opens, those front overhangs will be an interesting opportunity for...
  2. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    I have yet to see a highway expansion project anywhere that "frees up" an existing road to be more urban. Many projects promise this of course (usually for political reasons), none actually deliver it. Why don't they? Highway capacity expansion (and car-capacity expansion in general) can't...
  3. CBBarnett

    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    Nope. Relatedly, it's the biggest part missing from most of our cycling/pathways/sidewalk infrastructure - transitions are usually really poor when switching between on-street and off-street. This scope of these poor transitions is immeasuably large and widespread throughout the city, from most...
  4. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    Arterial road planners have that insatiable desire to have consistency. To justify this in a complicated world, they historically simplified their problem until they could sell it. A road expansion project can easily make sense - if you ignore all negative impacts to adjacent land, induced...
  5. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    I was thinking more along the lines of what Translink does: https://www.translink.ca/-/media/translink/documents/plans-and-projects/managing-the-transit-network/tspr/tspr_2019_summary_tables.pdf . You can get all the dis-aggregated data as well for any route, station etc...
  6. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    Does the City publish much/any data on this by route? Speeds/frequencies/service hours etc.?
  7. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    This is what happens when transit gets capital money but is starved for operating money. A 10 minute frequency on 16th Avenue for 16 hours a day for a decade would yield far greater ridership than this kind of thing.
  8. CBBarnett

    Covid-19

    Kenney's done a remarkable job. It takes a special kind of politician that constantly seeks that perfect middle zone for 2 years straight - never doing the right thing for the public good, while also never doing anything popular. We've often see politicians doing popular things that aren't...
  9. CBBarnett

    Covid-19

    I agree with all these points. Well put about health care capacity - you can't "out-build" a exponential growth pandemic disaster. Even China - likely the most prolific hard infrastructure builders in human history - could not out-build the pandemic via hospital capacity, despite all their wild...
  10. CBBarnett

    General Construction Updates

    Part of this issue is the 16th Avenue "revitalization" project from 2005-2010 was outdated from best practices of the time, painfully so now from a 2021 perspective - it was always far closer to a 1970s car-capacity expansion plan featuring median planters, than a urban redevelopment-supportive...
  11. CBBarnett

    Calgary | Esquire | 13.41m | 4s | Truman Development | S2 Architecture

    Does anyone recall what the final build-out unit and populations estimates are for University District?
  12. CBBarnett

    Calgary Bike Lanes and Bike Paths

    More traction on a Calgary-Airdrie link. Looks like the municipalities are exploring the feasibility of several routes: https://www.airdrietoday.com/local-news/airdrie-city-council-approves-feasibility-study-funding-for-airdrie-to-calgary-bike-path-4323209
  13. CBBarnett

    Calgary | 11th + 11th | 138m | 44s | Intergulf | Ramsay Worden

    Really illustrates the point that we could fit a lot more people in the core if we wanted to and the market requires it. I have always been curious if we' will see an infill like this on a existing site's parking lot or perhaps an overly large setback area from a 1970 or 1980s vintage apartment...
  14. CBBarnett

    Calgary | 11th + 11th | 138m | 44s | Intergulf | Ramsay Worden

    "Like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children" Translation - CO-OP is such an attractive development anchor that it will trigger it's own demise one day.
  15. CBBarnett

    Covid-19

    Perhaps we have different definitions of this word. He hasn't lacked scandals, he has more resilience to not be taken down by scandals despite being one of the least popular politicians in Alberta's history. Top of my head of scandal or scandal-adjacent Kenney projects: UCP leadership scandal...

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