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An upstream approach to urban development and economic benefits

If we are striving to build Calgary into a "resilient, inclusive and accessible community" then we do need a revolution. We need to look at new ways of building our city and supporting the wellbeing of us all. No more urban sprawl: stop all development of any new communities and focus on making the vast suburbs we have into complete communities and enriching the spaces we already have created. There is absolutely no need for this city to grow outward anymore. We need people with innovative ideas on how to manage property taxes. Fund and incentivize affordable housing. How is it possible that so many people living here struggle to pay rent? What is at the root of that? We need UPSTREAM thinking and integrated system change. Public health measures that look at having people's basic needs met and human rights fulfilled. Promote public and active transportation by creating more efficient transit routes, more pedestrian and cycling zones, have free trams going north south (eg 5th and 1st streets) downtown to connect 17th Ave to 7th Ave. We need more green space and protection of our riparian areas for flood resiliency and we need to start looking upstream and protecting our watershed areas which are key to flood mitigation. Plant more trees and native flood/drought resilient plants. We need massively bigger buffer zones around waterways. We need to draw on Indigenous knowledge keepers to help guide how we move forward to protecting our natural environment, because investing in nature will create healthier more resilient communities. we need to start the journey of returning power to Indigenous communities. We need to encourage more urban farming opportunities and sharing spaces. We need much stricter building regulations that aim for net zero carbon, grey water systems and micro production of renewable energy -- this will create a huge space for tech and business innovation and jobs. What about turbines in city water pipe systems that can generate energy? Using existing wells for geothermal energy? We need to start encouraging people to think outside the box and reap the benefits from a new way of doing things. Let's try to stimulate more of a circular economic system to encourage reduction of waste, new business opportunities and local resilience.

Banning plastics and creating opportunities for biodegradable alternatives.

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