Our project began with an investigation into the physical form of Crossroads -- both within the community and its surroundings -- including a guided tour through the neighbourhoods and a desktop analysis.

We found that Crossroads had many aspects that make it a world-class community:

  • the community is well connected, with direct access to multiple main roads (Deerfoot, Memorial) and pathway systems
  • there is abundant park and open space throughout the community - most of which is currently unused
  • the communities of Vista and Mayland Heights are surrounded by a sea of industrial buildings with huge potential for redevelopment into better uses
  • there are three LRT stations close by (Max Bell, Franklin, and Marlborough)
  • there are currently multiple craft breweries nearby, as well as many opportunities for new restaurants and social spaces

Although the individual parts for a great community were there, we knew something else was missing. Like we’ve been handed the ingredients to a recipe, with no idea how to actually make it.

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