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    Centre Street North

    The Centre Street North corridor from the Bow River to McKnight Boulevard is one of Calgary's most important gateways to the downtown.

    Public Input

    Centre Street N from 16 Avenue to McKnight Boulevard (Tuxedo Park, Mount Pleasant, Highland Park) Centre Street N from the Bow River to 16 Avenue (Bridgeland, Riverside, Crescent Heights)

    Comments were compiled from the Main Streets public engagement activities which took place from November 2014 through May 2015. The top issues, opportunities and outcomes were ranked in order of consensus and ratings from citizens. This input will be analyzed to inform the planning strategy for each main street.

    Evaluation and analysis

    By analysing local input and economic information, the Main Streets team will start evaluating what policy, land use or other planning options would benefit Calgary's main streets.

    By reviewing local statistics, the Main Streets team will consider how past population, employment and transportation trends apply to the future Calgary's main streets.

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    We are currently working with economic research experts and industry partners to understand what the market demand, opportunities and challenges are for development in main street areas.

    Once this information is compiled we will report back to you on what we've learned. Subscribe to receive email updates and invites to future events.

    Centre Street is a major north-south transportation route between the Bow River and McKnight Boulevard, which cuts through the residential communities of Crescent Heights, Tuxedo Park and Highland Park. Along the main street is primarily commercial buildings with quiet residential blocks behind it.

    In 1906, Archibald J. McArthur, an early developer, purchased and subdivided the district he named Crescent Heights. Along with other investors, he financed the original Centre Street Bridge to draw development toward Crescent Heights. In 1908, The City of Calgary extended its boundaries to include Crescent Heights and the nearby subdivision of Tuxedo Park.

    Because of its prohibitively steep grade, Centre Street was bypassed for a streetcar line. A new Centre Street bridge design was selected instead to solve this challenge by cutting through the Centre Street hill to create a moderate grade and direct route to Crescent Heights.

    In 1919, a streetcar line was installed across the newly designed bridge, giving local commuters direct access to the downtown core. The late 1920s saw brisk development in Crescent Heights, mostly with single-family bungalows typical of the time. As the population continued to grow, The City widened the bridge to include four lanes of traffic and a double line of streetcar tracks.

    Before 1950, Centre Street was primarily a residential area, this changed in 1954, when 16 Avenue N was incorporated as part of the Trans-Canada Highway and Centre Street became an important connector route. The street also developed a more automobile-focused, commercial character with modest, vernacular, low-rise commercial buildings, still evident today.