As concerns about climate and energy grow, the way we live, work and play in our communities is increasingly important. New Urbanism advocates for sustainable, diverse development, where people can choose to walk, bike or use public transit. Garrison Woods and Kensington are great examples of how NU can be applied in Calgary. Multi-family residences, buildings with storefronts on the bottom and livable streets increase quality of life by providing a setting where people are more active, engage within their community and interact with their neighbours.
Rather than focusing on the sprawling features for which Calgary is known, we walked around our communities to feature NU aspects in our own backyard and outline how we want our city to grow.