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Calgary's ComebackRevitalizing Calgary's Downtown

Downtown is the heart of Calgary's community. An increase in downtown office vacancy is impacting the businesses that remain. Core to our city's vibrancy and economic resilience, here's what we are doing to make our downtown even greater. ​

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W​e are committed to:
  • Increasing our downtown’s vibrancy
  • Encouraging private investment in our core
  • Supporting investments that improve people's experiences in our downtown
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Calgary's Downtown

This page is a glimpse of the work we are doing to improve Calgary's downtown. To see what else we are working on​​ visit:

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Here's what we've been up to​​​


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​What's been done?

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We have:

  • Identified major capital priority projects that will bring new life and vibrancy to our city; create jobs and boost the economy; and help bring our downtown back to being a diverse hub of entertainment for Calgarians and visitors alike. Projects include:
  • Made underpass improvements, including:
    • Improving 1 Street SE and Macleod Trail walking surfaces.
    • Adding new lighting, railing and new murals. This increases the vibrancy of walkways and improves commuter safety.
  • Approved the launch of electric scooters in July 2019, providing an alternate mode of transportion for downtown dwellers and visitors.
  • Redeveloped a former lawn bowling site into Thomson Family Park in the Beltline. This site offers fun activities for kids and their families year-round.
  • Worked with partners to improve wireless services for businesses and those working, living and visiting downtown Calgary.

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​​What's in the works?

We are:

  • Redesigning Stephen Avenue in partnership with the Downtown Calgary Association.
  • Improving the Eau Claire living experience and flood mitigation.
  • Upgrading the 17th Ave streetscape and sidewalks.
  • Improving the 5 Street S.W. underpass.
  • Helping fill downtown office space by:
    • Re-purposing vacant spaces
    • Supporting catalytic projects for economic growth, diversification, and increased employment through the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund
    • ​Encouraging festivals and events to take place in the downtown core

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