Tour teaches students about urban planning

Adam Nordquist
Gauntlet News

October 15th, 2009

Garrison Woods has proved to be one of Calgary's most innovative communities.

Garrison Woods has proved to be one of Calgary's most innovative communities.

Last week University of Calgary students had the chance to go on a guided tour of one Calgary’s most innovative communities: Garrison Woods.

This was the first of several tours the Urban Calgary Students’ Association is putting on this month. The students were guided by one of Garrison Wood’s planners and Ken Toews, Urban Development Advisors Inc. president.

The unique community was designed with the goal of creating streets conducive to interaction between community members.

“How we live and where we live has a huge impact,” said Toews. “People are a bit starved for socialization by phones and the Internet. If we can set up communities so that people can socialize, it causes a huge impact.”

There is a massive demand for new developments like Garrison Woods. House values in the innovative community have increased by 300 per cent in the 10 years since opening.

“There is demand for communities like this, but developers are not making them,” said Toews.

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