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The 16 Avenue North main street (also known as the Trans Canada Highway) stretches east from Banff Trail to the interchange at Deerfoot Trail.


As one of Calgary's longest and oldest main streets, 16 Ave N is bordered by many businesses and northern inner-city communities. This includes portions of Banff Trail, Capitol Hill, Hounsfield Heights - Briar Hill, Rosemont, Rosedale, Crescent Heights, Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo, Mountview and Renfrew.

16 Avenue circa 1920, Glenbow Archives

Public Input

Banff Trail to Capitol Hill and Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill Mount Pleasant to Rosedale and Crescent Heights Tuxedo, Mountview and Renfrew to Deerfoot Trail interchange

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.

What we've heard

Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)


  1. Businesses are so spread out, how can development be encouraged along here? Maybe retail at grade and residents above even?
  2. Increase population density and number of businesses with mixed use
  3. More trees, parks, and green space along sidewalks and in vacant lots


  1. Narrow sidewalks feel uncomfortable for walking near high-speed traffic
  2. Speed limits too high - 16 Avenue N (West)
  3. Store fronts not inviting for pedestrians (e.g. parking lots unsafe)


  1. People and car place
  2. Better quality for other travel modes
  3. Create more of a destination

View map for full summary - Banff Trail to Capitol Hill and Hounsfield Heights-Briar Hill

View map for full summary - Mount Pleasant to Rosedale and Crescent Heights

View map for full summary - Tuxedo, Mountview and Renfrew to Deerfoot Trail interchange

What we've learned

To start developing solutions which ensure the future success of Calgary’s main street neighbourhoods, City planners listened and learned from main street users, neighbourhood residents, industry experts and economic specialists to understand the unique challenges and opportunities for growth and development in these areas.

View 16 Ave N key findings

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What's next

All of the public input and discussion with experts throughout the project included one common concept; focus the effort of the Main Streets initiative work on a few key or strategic streets in the short term to maximize chances of success. By analysing local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, the Main Streets team identified which main streets are good candidates for development and growth in the near future.

Once that success has been tested, it will then be applied to main streets across Calgary as the timing for growth makes sense based on the unique needs of each street.

Based on all the information gathered, a series of proposed solutions have been created which would enable growth in main street areas that have been identified as ready for development. To learn more about the areas with rezoning options and Area Development Plan amendments being reviewed and considered for approval in the near future, visit the Main Streets' rezoning information page.

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