The Beltline is a region of central Calgary. The area is located immediately to the south of downtown (south of 9th Avenue and the CPR tracks). The neighbourhood is bound on the south by the fashionable 17th Avenue, on the west by 14th Street W. and on the east by the Elbow River. When the region and its redevelopment plan were formally established in 2003, it amalgamated the inner city neighbourhoods of Victoria Park and Connaught. The Beltline also contains five city districts: Midtown, the Design District, Victoria Crossing (Business Revitalization Zone), Connaught Gardens and the Warehouse District.
The Beltline is a neighbourhood in transition. The district, along with the Rivers District (formerly, the East Village) downtown are presently in the midst of an ambitious urban planning and rejuvenation venture undertaken by the city's municipal government to increase the residential density of central Calgary, and perhaps begin to remedy some of Calgary's growing pains such as urban sprawl and traffic conjestion. The area is intended to operate as a mixed-use region and is to include a mix of commercial services and high density condominium and apartment towers. Many of these residential structures are already under construction, and even more are in the proposal stages.
The district is also one of the city's most historic. Not only does it include two of the city's oldest neighbourhoods, but it also encompasses the Stampede Grounds, the site of Calgary's annual Calgary Stampede which sees over 1.25 million visitors per year. Unfortunately, it is also an area of the city that, until recently, had been largely neglected by both its government and its people. Victoria Park was (and still is) known for its problems with drugs and prostitution.
17th Avenue, which is on the southern extremity of the Beltline district has already established itself as a vibrant mixed-use area. With a dense concentration of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, the street is effectively Calgary's primary "party street". Behind this lively commercial development are residential areas. The street also "dead-ends" at the Stampede Grounds on its east side, and is thus central to the party-like atmosphere that overtakes the city during the festival. 17th Avenue was nicknamed the "Red Mile" in 2004 during the playoff run of the Calgary Flames. During this time, it was not uncommon to see over 100,000 fans crowding the street and its bars and pubs on game nights.
Also of note, the Midtown district which comprises the northern portion of the Beltline is seeing its own unique development push. Some of the Beltline's tallest and densest residential developments are planned for this area. Its primary street, 10th Avenue (which will be renamed Jack Long Memorial Boulevard) will be its focal point and may include a streetcar.
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