Elevated C-Train route will divide community,kill privacy, residents say


« This is something that were going to have to live with forever ... I think we want more Paris and less Houston.»



Denise Davis wants the C-Train running through her neighbourhood, but not over it.

The Scarboro Avenue resident said if the city goes through with its current LRT extension plan that would bring trains deeper into the city’s west, they’d be running almost over top of her house — the same place her father Ross built in 1956, the same place she grew up in and raised her family in.

"How many people want others looking straight into your backyard," Davis asked, wiping tears from her cheeks. "It’s like we won’t have any privacy anymore."

At Monday’s city council meeting, Ward 8 alderman John Mar tabled a motion, which passed eight to six, referring the matter to committee to discuss route alternatives.

It will provide concerned citizens with what they consider their first opportunity to voice their concerns.

"This is something that were going to have to live with forever and what do we want Calgary to look like at the end of the day," Mar said. "I think we want more Paris and less Houston."

The route being proposed by the city would run on an elevated line west of downtown along Bow Trail SW and passing over to the north side around 23rd Street, but the Scarboro-Sunalta route would mirror the CPR line out of the city core, elevating west of Crowchild and underneath the seniors residence Jacques Lodges at 24th Street.

"This is bisecting our community," Mar said.

"It’s something that’s going to be very divisive and it has huge social ramifications over and beyond a visual impact."

Sunalta resident David Winkler said any elevated design is antiquated and while he’d like to see the LRT in his neighbourhood tomorrow, he wants to make sure it’s done in a responsible manner.

"It’s a very destructive design and it was brought at a time where roadways were good, back then, we’re a very car-oriented city so another bridge seems to fit for the elements," he said.

"However, we’re becoming a more modern city, we’re catching up to the rest of the world, and this is the time where we have to stand for our rights as human beings."