Join an open house about the future of Stephen Avenue

Stephen Avenue is an iconic street in downtown Calgary. Known for its trendy shops, bustling restaurants, historic buildings and a wide array of people, it is a mainstay for many who visit our city. Head to the CORE for some of Calgary’s best shopping or walk down the Avenue to people watch. Some come to the area for the architecture; Stephen Avenue actually has the highest concentration of historic buildings in the entire city (City of Calgary). In the summer, this area is littered with people strolling the pedestrian street and sipping drinks on its countless patios. Needless to say, Stephen Avenue has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s downtown for a century (Travel Alberta).


However, Stephen Avenue is slowly deteriorating with time. As this popular area helps define Calgary’s downtown and is critical for attracting both new businesses and tenants, the City decided that it was time for a new direction. Reimagining Stephen Avenue will not only extend the energy and liveliness of the avenue onto other streets, but it will establish a new vision for the area and create both short- and long-term strategies to continually make it better for both Calgarians and visitors.


The City plans to create this path towards success with Calgarians in mind. Who knows our city better than the people who live, work, eat and play in it every day? If you would like to give you input on what the new Stephen Avenue should entail, visit their project storefront at 120 8 Avenue SW to review their insights and have your say. You can visit this storefront in person on the following dates, or provide your feedback online between December 4-20:


  • Wednesday, December 4: 12-2pm
  • Thursday, December 5: 12-2pm
  • Friday, December 6: 12-4pm


If you’re unable to make it in person, visit the City’s public engagement page here so that you can learn more about the project, timeline, areas affected and intended usage.


There will be one more opportunity to learn about Stephen Avenue and the economics of placemaking. Join the Calgary Downtown Association for an evening of discussion at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre this Wednesday, December 4 from 3:30-6:30pm. You can expect to hear from the following people about how the value of our streets, open spaces and buildings can lead to the creation of a vibrant, healthy urban centre:


  • James Lima – President, James Lima Planning + Development
  • Steven Weliver, Deputy Chief Executive, Downtown Santa Monica
  • Andy Mansehl, Author, “Learning from Bryant Park: Revitalizing Cities, Towns and Public Spaces”
  • Paul Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, The Forks
  • Jasmine Palardy, Director of Community, Makespace


To learn more about this event and purchase your tickets, click here.


If you want your input to be heard, visit the Stephen Avenue project storefront this week to voice your opinion and hear what the City has planned for one of our most iconic streets. It’s no secret that Calgary has had a rough few years, but we stood by and are here to help rebuild from the ground up. Join the conversation so that you too can say you stood up for your city.




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