Opening new doors in East Village: Pictures of the downtown neighbourhood 10 years after construction began
East Village, a portion of Calgary referring to the area west of Fort Calgary where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet, is still in the process of undergoing a massive transformation. In 2005, the City of Calgary approved a plan to reshape the formerly rundown neighbourhood, and since 2007 it seems East Village has been permanently under construction.
East Village was previously cut off from Calgary’s downtown core through a mix of many circumstances, including roads and train lines that seemed to physically separate the area. This effectively led to numerous buildings left in disrepair and made the neighbourhood a hotspot for crime.
While the development plan is certainly moving East Village away from what it once was, the new buildings and construction sometimes seem out of place among some of the area’s older, historic parts of the neighbourhood.
Photos by Amber McLinden
Published on July 4, 2017