CYCLICAL PROCESS HELP
The inner-city community of Bridgeland-Riverside has become a hotbed of new condo development, which is not surprising given the neighbourhood’s proximity to the downtown core and the number of amenities it offers residents.
Richard White, who pens the Everyday Tourist blog about urban living, development and travel, says the BridgelandRiverside Community Association has contributed to a tremendous community spirit with many events and programming — a reason why many people are choosing to live there.
“They have all kinds of activity. So I think from a family point of view, from young couples, it’s really a lovely place to be,” says White. “And you can walk to the Bow River. You can walk to St. Patrick’s Island. You can walk downtown.
“It’s getting more funky shops ... You’ve got access to the zoo.”
Population growth in the neighbourhood spurred on by new condo development is attracting those retail shops and restaurants which in turn attracts developers who see the community as an ideal place to build a new project.
“Retail and restaurants aren’t going to move there if there isn’t a market ... And the people aren’t going to move there if there isn’t the amenities,” says White. “That’s where growing organically is important.”
Another great attraction to the neighbourhood is its proximity to the city’s pathway system, making it accessible to