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East Village was designed after study of the best of international placemaking. With its density, varied streetscape, proximity to nature and mixed uses, EV is suited to people who like walkable neighbourhoods and close contact with others; urbanites who enjoy working near their living spaces and consider the city their entertainment, their home and their playground. Here are the key characteristics, first articulated in 2008, that make East Village East Village.
East Village is a bold, unprecedented experiment in the future of city life, a dense, masterplanned, 24/7 urban laboratory not only for Calgary and Alberta, but also for Canada. Here in the capital city of conventional resources, East Village energy is human and electric. What fuels this mid-scale urban village is livability, walkability and possibility; what keeps it going is a ‘what if’ firing on all cylinders, gushing out of the ground. You heard it here first: East Village is the next boom.
East Village is Calgary for all – a new city heart big enough to invite everyone in to the junction of the Bow and Elbow rivers. On land considered choice for 3,000 years, East Village is an intersection where possibilities run deep: the currents generated by a broad diversity of people and the energy of art, entertainment, education and the flow of the Bow combine to create an unforgettable experience. A lively street scene, irresistible programming, varied housing, significant architecture and one of a kind entertainments weave East Village into city life. All rivers lead here. To the magnetic east.
The Bow River touches Calgary in many places, but it is in East Village that the riverfront will truly touch Calgarians. It’s the neighbourhood that makes them part of a city by the water. Day and night, winter and summer, the Bow riverfront, fringed by the spectacular 4-km RiverWalk, is a resident of East Village, eager to get acquainted. A stream of vitality where imagination flows, the Bow is the lifeblood of the village, an edge of energy, reflection and celebration.
East Village makes downtown your back yard, your playground and your home. A variety of housing makes Calgarians comfortable living in the city core: condos rise above the river, townhomes give onto Fort Calgary, live-work spaces make room for both creativity and commerce. Close knit, residences are home to individuality and community as Urban Explorers of all stripes find a space that suits their style and walk out into smart streets, human-scale buildings and an ever-present nature. Hello, neighbour!