For years, more than 30,000 drivers a day rolled by a long row of character homes along Memorial Drive, west of 10 Street N.W., with little thought.
When a construction fence surrounded the homes, some Calgarians took note.
After a bulldozer destroyed the vacated abodes, all of a sudden, citizens remarked that something was missing from their daily commutes.
“We only really notice things when they’re gone,” says Josh Traptow (https://twitter.com/jtraptow?lang=en), the executive director of the Calgary Heritage Authority.
On this episode, host Annalise Klingbeil (https://twitter.com/AnnaliseAK) speaks to Traptow about all things heritage, in a city with a reputation for bulldozing its past.
“Calgary, especially in the 70s, 80s and 90s tore down, really, a lot of amazing buildings,” says Traptow.
“Calgarians really want to save what they have left. In another 100 years, who knows what they’re going to have.”
Traptow and Klingbeil cover a wide range of topics including the archaic terms listed on historic Calgary land titles, why a young Calgarian cares so much about old things, and how to designate your own abode as a municipal historic resource.
As always, Kerianne Sproule (https://twitter.com/keriannecam) makes the podcast sound great. And, your feedback, advice, ideas, shares and iTunes reviews are appreciated.
Here are links to a few of the news articles mentioned in this episode:
Are 'run of the mill' heritage homes worthy of preservation? Advocates argue yes (http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/are-run-of-the-mill-heritage-homes-worthy-of-preservation-advocates-argue-yes)
‘Wow is this ever a cool house:’ Owner of home built in 1975 requests municipal historic resource designation (http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/wow-is-this-ever-a-cool-house-owner-of-home-built-in-1975-requests-municipal-historic-resource-designation)
Concrete connection to Calgary’s past preserved in sidewalk stamps (http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/concrete-connection-to-calgarys-past-preserved-in-sidewalk-stamps)
(http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/concrete-connection-to-calgarys-past-preserved-in-sidewalk-stamps)Request to preserve one of Canada's last remaining 'Trend Houses' goes to city council (http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/request-to-preserve-one-of-canadas-last-remaining-trend-houses-goes-to-city-council)