A look back at the development of UCalgary’s University District: Editorial

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After a decade of development and growth, the University of Calgary’s University District—a major development just west of UCalgary’s campus—has been deemed a success. CBC highlights the history of the major development project starting with its initial approval in 2014, connecting with UCalgary leadership, community members, and urban planning experts to discuss the process and resulting neighbourhood. Today, the space has a mix of residential properties, retail shops and services, a grocery store, and a dog park that draw in the local community. The university owns the land the neighbourhood is built on—operating it through a subsidiary—and receives proceeds from the development. CBC reports that “meticulous planning, curated retail offerings” and “genuine walkability” are among some of the reasons for the development’s ongoing growth.