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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

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