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    1 Avenue NE



    The 1 Avenue NE main street, stretching from Edmonton Trail to 10 Street NE, is located within the historic community of Bridgeland.

    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.

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

    Bridgeland circa 1917, Glenbow archives

    The 1 Avenue NE main street runs between Edmonton Trail and 10 Street NE and is located in the northeast community of Bridgeland-Riverside. The street is set on top of a steep plain that overlooks the north and east ends of downtown Calgary.

    The character of 1 Avenue NE is largely influenced by the immigrant groups who settled in the area at the turn of the 20th Century. The area south of 1 Avenue NE was once known as ‘Germantown’ for the influx of German emigrants from Russia in the late 1800s. The area was later named Riverside for its river location.

    In 1909, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Land Department filed the Bridgeland subdivisions, where the first small wave of Calgary’s ethnic Italians settled. The Frederick Olmsted firm was commissioned to design a garden suburb on the sloping terrain, which resulted in the area’s distinctive views. A second influx of Italians in 1920 found employment with nearby industrial employers and also settled in Bridgeland.

    Italian restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores continued to grow and peaked in the 1980s, earning 1 Avenue the nickname, Little Italy. In the early 1990s, plans were made to give 1 Avenue NE a European Village feel, by preserving specialty retail shops at street level and European cultural elements such as signage, flags and murals.

    Today, the streets surrounding 1 Avenue NE reflect the area’s working class roots and consist of modest, one to two storey Edwardian style cottages and bungalows. A number of historic institutional buildings also exist on 1 Avenue NE like the Riverside Bungalow School No.2 and the Bridgeland Baptist Church, as well as a historic pattern of storefront retail at street level.