What does density look like?

Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg, Germany

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.

This is what mixed use looks like

This is what mixed use looks like

The brand new "West Harbour" in Sweden

The brand new "West Harbour" in Sweden

Ghetto?

Ghetto?

Crime?

Crime?

This could be a summer day in Calgary in a few years

This could be a summer day in Calgary in a few years

30 years ago this was a car lane

30 years ago this was a car lane

Is this what we are scared of?

Is this what we are scared of?

Apartments don’t have to be derelict awful structures. By the way this is affordable housing…

Apartments don’t have to be derelict awful structures. By the way this is affordable housing…

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?

 

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