Friday, September 9, 2016

City of Calgary takes holistic approach to planning in iconic Inglewood/Ramsay area

The Inglewood/Ramsay area is a lively, bustling neighbourhood, with many upcoming improvements to roadways, parks and public transit, among other things.

We know there are a lot of City projects happening in the Inglewood/Ramsay area, and we understand that all the conversation and public engagement about these projects can be overwhelming.

We want to assure you that we are looking at the area holistically and are coordinating all of these projects, across City departments and project teams, to ensure we are working cohesively towards the same vision: building the best possible future for an iconic Calgary neighbourhood.

The City has appointed Dale Lynch, Manager of Liveable Streets with The City of Calgary, as the project coordinator for the Inglewood/Ramsay area. Dale will be working with project teams and City departments to coordinate the design and implementation of these upcoming projects.

You may already be familiar with many of the projects: the replacement of the 12 Street S.E. bridge, Riverwalk, Bend in the Bow, streetscapes, and the Green Line LRT, to name a few. There are also several new projects and changes to the area that you won’t have heard about yet, including the closure of 8 Street S.E.

We have confirmed that 8 Street S.E. will closed to traffic in the future, though the timing of the closure is yet to be confirmed. The City is working closely with Canadian Pacific Railway to facilitate the closure. This closure is not expected to have significant impact to traffic operations in the area, and we are beginning to identify other area improvements that might now be possible due to the road closure.

Finally, we’d like to thank you for your patience and your input as we work to plan the future of the Inglewood/Ramsay area.

Visit www.calgary.ca/inglewoodprojects for more information and for details about upcoming opportunities for engagement.

UPDATE: Statement of Clarification RE: future 8 Street S.E. closure, south of 9 Avenue SE

16 comments:

  1. Welcome aboard Dale Lynch. I trust you have a good understanding of life in our neighbourhood. I invite you to attend a community association or BRZ meeting if you're interested.
    I'm curious how the closure of 8th St will work. It provides Inglewood good access to the Saddledome and Stampede grounds. Is the underpass by the bus barn going to remain open to vehicles? I heard CMLC may close it as they improve the river walk/bike path.

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    1. Hi Jake. We will pass your invitation to a CA or BRZ meeting along to Dale. The decision to close 8 Street S.E. is quite new, and The City is still working to understand the implications of the closure to the area, and how the many projects in Inglewood and Ramsay will integrate the closure into their plans. Please bear with us while we begin to work through these questions – we will be in touch when we know more.

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    2. How did you decide to close the road without understanding all of the implications?

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  2. What do you mean 8th St SE will be closed? When did a decision like that get made?

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    1. Hi Teddy. The City is working with CP on this closure. The decision is quite new, so we are still working to understand the implications of the closure. Thanks for your patience while we sort out these details.

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    2. With the closure of 8th Street SE where is all the traffic from the Stampede grounds on hockey nights, concerts etc., suppose to drive now. We are referring to a lot of traffic that uses this route exiting from the Stampede grounds on the Ramsay side of the river. Is the community of Ramsay to become one big thoroughfare for the Stampede? It seems the community of Ramsay is being surrounded and swallowed up. How is the city going to fix this?

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    3. I live very close to this area. This is a really, really bad idea. This will drive a wedge between Ramsay and Inglewood, make traffic after Saddledome events a nightmare and slow down the many police and other emergency vehicles that use 8th to get places quickly. What is the upside to this? Why is this being done? Where is the public consultation?

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  3. We work in Inglewood and live in Ramsay. This will drastically affect not only our route to and from work, but our dozens of delivery efforts daily that utilize this street. Not to mention the massive burden of re-routed traffic that normally use this street that would now be directed into and through the community of Ramsay. BAD IDEA.

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  4. Zero public consultation.

    The City spends years consulting on things like Crowchild and the Green Line, and things barely move forward.

    But when it's a little decision with extremely local impacts, there's zero consultation.

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  5. No pedestrian access? That's crazy.

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  6. "Hi Teddy. The City is working with CP on this closure. The decision is quite new, so we are still working to understand the implications of the closure. Thanks for your patience while we sort out these details."

    Uhhh, aren't you supposed to determines what the impact of the closure would be BEFORE you make the decision to do it?

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  7. I saw a city rep saying why they are closing 8 Street S.E. is mainly because of safety. Where are the statistics and accident reports to support this statement?

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  8. How on earth can you close the MAIN artery through an entire neighbourhood?? It's ridiculous!

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  9. Isn't there a safety issue here? Inglewood is accessible only by bridges and underpasses, and a rail artery that's frequently used as a corridor for chemicals cuts through the middle. One of the potential egress bridges is closed already. Thinking things through might be an idea worth considering.

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  10. I am flabbergasted that a change with such significant , and likely negative implications to a neighbourhood and the city is so quickly made without any previous communication and no detail or apparent logic to support it.
    I believe the imperative now becomes understanding how a decision like this can be made unilaterally , and how both Ramsay and Inglewood communities work together to try and stop it.
    Absolutely unbelievable!
    What is happening at City Hall?

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    1. Hi. There is some more information about the closure here: http://newsroom.calgary.ca/statement-of-clarification--future-8-street-se-closure-south-of-9-avenue-se/

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