I have heard a lot of Calgarians referring to dense communities as being “ghettos” and “ridden with crime”. In a way, they have a right to believe this. There have been very few “good” dense communities in North America over the past decades.
Dense developments, if done correctly, do not ghettoize communities and actually bring down crime rates. The Brentwood Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an example of a well planned out good dense development. Calgarians should have a visual idea of what good dense transit oriented developments look like.
A few members of the Urban Calgary Student Association had the chance to go on a sustainability field school in Europe this summer, and look at good and bad examples of density, both new and old. Below are some pictures UrbanCSA members took along the way.
I was skeptical about density before I had seen it done right. Calgary is in a situation where it can become whatever it wants to be. What do you want Calgary looking like in the next few years?