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4 St SW

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    4 Street SW


    The 4 Street SW main street runs from 17 Avenue SW to the Elbow River, located between the communities of Mission and Cliff Bungalow.

    Public Input

    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.

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    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.

    In addition to public engagement and economic research about the area, the Main Streets team will review the Mission area redevelopment plan, Cliff Bungalow area redevelopment plan and related planning documentation in the evaluation and analysis phase of the program.

    The 4 Street SW main street marks the boundary between the primarily residential communities of Mission to the east and Cliff Bungalow to the west. The street has long functioned as a pedestrian-friendly, commercial street lined with two to three storey, flat roofed, commercial brick buildings in Edwardian style.

    The street originally served as a connection route between the town of Rouleaville and Calgary. In 1907, Rouleaville was annexed by Calgary and included as part of the main street area. Today, the blocks surrounding 4 Street SW still have a mix of Edwardian-era, single-family housing and low-rise apartment and condominium buildings dating from this time.

    In 1909, the Calgary Municipal Railway built a streetcar line that contributed to the development of this street as a commercial high street and made the area one of Calgary’s earliest examples of transit-oriented development.

    In 1934, Calgary’s first zoning bylaw prepared the main street for intermediate commercial growth, which encouraged more development and concentration of small businesses in the area. In the 1960s, economic prosperity brought new development to 4th Street SW, including the first of Calgary’s mid-rise office buildings, which developed steadily throughout the early 21st Century.