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The Kensington Road NW main street stretches from Crowchild Trail to 10 Street NW through one of Calgary's oldest communities, West Hillhurst.


West Hillhurst was annexed by the City in 1907. The area saw significant housing development after the Second World War. Once part of Calgary's streetcar system, Kensington Road is now home to many well established businesses and unique shops, and has become a destination for both local residents and visitors. The population in West Hillhurst has increased slightly in the past few years and is anticipated to grow more as the community accommodates new commercial and residential developments.

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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What we've heard

Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)


  1. Enhance streetscape/pedestrian environment through redevelopment of North side of street
  2. Live-work on both sides of Kensington Road NW
  3. Small, cohesive commercial areas - yoga studios, coffee shops, restaurants etc.


  1. Include 19th Street as part of the main street
  2. Poor pedestrian experience along Kensington Road NW from 14th Street to Crowchild Trail
  3. Bike connectivity to 14th Street


  1. High quality public realm elements
  2. Laneway housing
  3. Need more commercial services and businesses

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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.

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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 indentified 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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