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    17 Avenue SW

    The 17 Avenue South main street stretches from Macleod Trail to 37 Street SW, surrounded by the communities of Beltline, Lower Mount Royal, Mission, Cliff Bungalow, Bankview, Sunalta, Rosscarrock, Scarboro, Killarney/Glengarry, Shaganappi and Richmond.


    Public Input

    Upper 17 Avenue SW from Crowchild Trail to 37 Street SW (Killarney/Glengarry, Shaganappi) Middle 17 Avenue from 14 Street to Crowchild Trail SW (Bankview, Sunalta, Scarboro) Lower 17 Avenue from MacLeod Trail to 14 Street SW (Cliff Bungalow, Upper/Lower Mount Royal, Beltline)

    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.

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





    17 Avenue SW circa 1968, Glenbow Archives

    The 17 Avenue SW main street runs from Macleod Trail to 37 Street SW and traverses 10 communities: six on the south side including Mission, Cliff Bungalow, Lower Mount Royal, Bankview, Richmond, and Killarney/Glengarry and four on the north side including the Beltline, Sunalta, Scarboro, and Shaganappi.

    Evidence of a First Nations bison kill site dating back 8000 years ago suggests that 8 Street SW at Tompkins Park, was once an important hunting ground, landmark, trade route and camp site for indigenous peoples.

    Today 17 Avenue SW retains a diverse mix of commercial, retail, single family and multi-family residential complexes and institutional buildings. The side streets and avenues also contain a wide range of single-family and multi-family residences.

    When Calgary was incorporated as a town in 1884, 17 Avenue SW formed the southern town limits west to 14 Street SW. As the town grew into a city, subdivisions along the main street encouraged the expansion of city limits. In 1905, the neighbourhoods of Connaught, Mount Royal and Bankview were subdivided followed by Cliff Bungalow, Sunalta, Scarboro, Glengarry and Killarney.

    17 Avenue SW was also home to a streetcar route, which contributed to its development as a commercial high street. Many examples of one to three storey, brick-clad historic buildings, mostly dating from the 1910s and 1920s can be found, like houses which have been converted for commercial use, and various landmark buildings such as Devenish Apartments (1911), Western Canada High School (1929) and the St. Mary’s Cathedral (1956).