The Death and Life of Inglewood

Sat, May 6, 2023 11:00 AM

Inglewood SE Calgary

Meeting Place: Madison's 1212- 1212 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

2 hour(s)

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Summary: City Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra interprets Inglewood through the books of Jane Jacobs and evokes discussion on neighbourhoods

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About this Walk

This walk will discuss Jane’s first and last books as illustrated by a couple of blocks within Inglewood.   Our community faced the same threats, within the same era, that Jane Jacob’s Greenwich Village faced in NYC.  The Death and Life of Great American Cities, while not ours, is a testament to the power and the beauty of communities at their best in the face of the worst – it is almost ours.  But despite the success of both The Death and Life as well as Inglewood’s own remarkable struggle for community,   Jane’s last book represents a warning.   Dark Age Ahead offers little optimism and suggests that when we fail to remember where we’ve come from, our future darkens.  Walk with me and let’s rediscover our City’s misremembered past in the patterns and echoes of its oldest neighborhood.

The meeting location will be in front of Madison’s 1212- 1212 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1.

Quadrant: SE

Meeting Place: Madison's 1212- 1212 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

Walk Duration: 2 hour(s)

Areas of Interest: Urbanism | Architecture | History | Neighbourhoods |

Accessibility: Uneven Terrain, Busy Sidewalks, Breaks Offered Along The Way

Led By: Gian-Carlo Carra

Inner City: No

About the Walk Team

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Walk Leader(s): Gian-Carlo Carra

Gian-Carlo Carra was elected to serve his first term as Alderman for Ward 9 in October 2010. Gian-Carlo was raised in both Calgary and New York City. This upbringing provided him with a unique perspective on living in large urban cities and a special appreciation for Calgary’s people, neighbourhoods and natural landscape.

An award-winning urban design professional, Gian-Carlo is committed to helping shape a more sustainable future for Calgary. He brings to Calgary City Council a passion for building walkable, safe, and fiscally responsible communities designed to contain a diverse range of lifestyles and opportunities.

Prior to becoming Ward 9 Councillor, Gian-Carlo operated a Calgary-based urban design consulting business, and was an active public speaker, community activist and academic researcher. He earned his BA in history (1996) and later his Masters in Environmental Design/Urban Design (2005), both at the University of Calgary.


The Death and Life of Inglewood