Calgary’s fringe suburbs under construction: In more pictures

Posted: 07/10/2013 in FLOO-G Snaps (Pictures)
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In my first post on this subject, I explained that I help build our fringe suburbs as a drywaller and snap photos for people who’ve always lived in the inner city to show them the scale of what goes on in our fringes.

Calgary, as you well know, is a city that’s always under construction — so much so that it has an informal title of being the construction capital of Canada.

Love it or hate it, just for the scale of all these houses being built all around us alone, our outward growth as it happens could almost be considered a Wonder of the World.

Here are eight more snapshots that I’ve taken in Calgary and surrounding communities.

Bust out the soccer ball, kids. This greenspace in Mahogany looks fairly recently landscaped. Note some houses in the background are still in the framing phase, so residents of that street will still have to bear with construction vehicles for a while.

Bust out the soccer ball, kids. This greenspace in Mahogany in the southeast looks fairly recently landscaped. Note some houses in the background are still in the framing phase, so residents of that street will still have to bear with construction vehicles for a while.

On the other hand, unless the kids get permission to play in the dirt, this street in Auburn Bay, alos in the southeast, will have to wait for their greenspace still. The street here looks 100 per cent complete with both semi-detached and single-family homes, with the South Health Campus looming overhead.

On the other hand, unless the kids get permission to play in the dirt, this street in Auburn Bay, also in the southeast, will still have to wait for their greenspace. The street here looks 100 per cent complete with both semi-detached and single-family homes, with the South Health Campus looming behind.

Speaking of playing in the dirt, one concern about living in fringe suburbia is teaching kids the importance of safety. I've seen instances of children playing in construction zones or even climbing in waste bins. I forgot which neighbourhood this was, but it seemed strange that the backyard of this lived-in house adjacent to lot foundations yet to be dug was not totally fenced off, so I snapped this.

Speaking of playing in the dirt, one concern about living in fringe suburbia is teaching kids the importance of safety. I’ve seen instances of children playing in construction zones or even climbing in waste bins. I forgot which neighbourhood this was, but it seemed strange that the backyard of this lived-in house adjacent to lot foundations yet to be dug was not totally fenced off, so I snapped this.

Just because a house's possession date has been met and the buyers have moved and settled in doesn't mean that all the work is 100 per cent finished. Generally, presumably because the backlog of work is so huge, it might be a year or maybe two before one's yard is landscaped. This patio furniture sitting atop a deck surrounded by dirt and earth piles demonstrates this fact. These residents' lawnmower will probably have a very fine layer of dust to wipe off by the time they can bust it out of the garage for the first time.

Just because a house’s possession date has been met and the buyers have moved and settled in doesn’t mean that all the work is 100 per cent finished. Generally, presumably because the backlog of work is so huge, it might be a year or maybe two before one’s yard is landscaped. This patio furniture sitting atop a deck surrounded by dirt, construction debris and earth piles demonstrates this fact. If they have one, these residents’ lawnmower will probably have a very fine layer of dust to wipe off by the time they can bust it out of the garage for the first time.

Depending on where you are in Nolan Hill in the northeast, you can get a view of the actual literal fringe of the city. In this snapshot, suburban meets rural with both single-family homes, mid-right, and acreage properties (you might have to squint) in the background in the upper left, captured in the same frame.

Depending on where you are in Nolan Hill in the northeast, you can get a view of the actual literal fringe of the city. In this snapshot, suburban meets rural with both single-family homes, mid-right, and acreage properties (you might have to squint) in the background in the upper left, captured in the same frame.

The near-complete house on the upper-right looks a little lonely. It'll be a while before it's surrounded by more homes. I forgot where i snapped this, but it was somewhere in the southeast.

The near-complete house on the upper-right looks a little lonely. It’ll be a while before it’s surrounded by more homes. I forgot where I snapped this, but it was somewhere in the southeast.

Please slow down: Construction workers by be bouncing a basketball on their break. It's generally uncommon for all street signs to be installed on streets that are still, for most part, a construction zone. This was taken in Sunset Ridge in Cochrane.

Please slow down: Construction workers may be bouncing a basketball on their break. It’s generally uncommon for all street signs to be installed on streets that are still, for most part, a construction zone. This was taken in Sunset Ridge in Cochrane.

Got money? This is a property being built in the wealthy acreage community of Morgans Rise in Springbank. Between it, Mystic Ridge, Blueridge Estates, Lynx Ridge, Stone Pine and others I've probably missed, we have a lot of very wealthy people living next door to us in country estate communities just a five- to -ten-minute drive past our city limits in places like Springbank and Bearspaw. To the south of us, there's also De Winton and Heritage Pointe.

Got money? This is a property being built in the wealthy acreage community of Morgans Rise in Springbank. Between it, Mystic Ridge, Blueridge Estates, Lynx Ridge, StonePine and others I’ve probably missed, we have a lot of very wealthy people living next door to us in country estate communities (some of them gated) just a five- to ten-minute drive past our city limits in places like Springbank and Bearspaw. To the south of us, there’s also De Winton and Heritage Pointe.

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