Power Outage in Downtown Calgary
October 13, 2014
The recent fire in Calgary’s downtown core happened on Saturday October 11 at approximately 8 pm, and has affected many of the commercial high-rise and residential locations in the west part of the downtown core. The power outage has been reduced to locations between 4th Ave. SW and 7th Ave.
It’s a Simple Matter of Public Safety
August 13, 2014
(Note: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) During any construction project, public safety is paramount. This concept applies equally to those on the job site and members of the public.
It is Way Past Time to Re-think Calgary’s Downtown Parking
August 07, 2014
There is nothing more emotional in urban development than parking. Those coming downtown expect to find a parking spot fairly close to their destination. If they are not familiar with downtown that task may be a little daunting. For most people, driving to the core is the most efficient mode of travel.
Updated BOMA MGA White Papers
July 31, 2014
The Municipal Government Act is the enabling legislation for municipalities across Alberta, and has significant consequences on the way cities plan development and tax their citizens and businesses.
Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference
June 10, 2014
On June 3, the 9th Annual Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference took place at the Telus Convention Centre. Focused on strategies, issues, practices and trends in real estate leasing for the office, industrial and retail markets, real estate professionals gained insight through round table discussions and a series of break out educational sessions.
What Are You Doing for Environment Week?
June 03, 2014
Canadian Environment Week is June 1 – 7 (2 – 6 for the business week). The City of Calgary will celebrate in various ways, including the Mayor’s Environment Expo and the annual Commuter Challenge.
Time for a Review of Downtown Parking Policies
April 24, 2014
In the coming months, Calgary City Council will decide whether to conduct a review of their Downtown Parking Strategy.
Desert Lessons in Water Conservation
April 15, 2014
Calgarians can learn a lot about water from folks that live in the desert. Water is a precious and life-giving resource that requires careful management. California’s Coachella Valley where Palm Springs is located is at the transitional point of both the Sonoran and Colorado Deserts.
The Cycle Lifestyle
April 08, 2014
Right out of the chute: I acknowledge that I ride a bicycle. And I enjoy it. I do not however, ride my bike to work. It’s winter! On those days when the weather is sane, my work calendar permits and I am so inclined, I do ride to work.
Funding Municipal Services: Who Should Pay?
March 28, 2014
If you read the Calgary Herald today you may have seen a story on non-residential property tax featuring comments from BOMA’s President & CSO. The City is considering changes that would lower the amount of tax non-residential properties pay relative to residential properties.
Business Tax: Coming Soon to a Property Tax Bill Near You!
February 12, 2014
You may recall that a few years ago the City of Calgary considered, and then passed a bylaw that consolidated the Business Tax with the Non-Residential Property Tax. BOMA Calgary opposed the proposal on the grounds that it actually represented a tax increase of over $200 million to commercial real estate in Calgary.
Looking for Better Transportation Solutions: Cycling
January 15, 2014
(Note: These views are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of BOMA Calgary.) If you, like me, have ever ridden your bicycle into downtown Calgary, you know very well that you are taking a significant risk, given the sheer volume of traffic on the city’s streets and avenues.