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Urban Sprawl in Calgary, 1945–1978

This is a groundbreaking study of urban sprawl in Calgary after the Second World War. The interactions of land developers and the local government influenced how the pattern grew: developers met market demands and optimized profits by building houses as efficiently as possible, while the city had to consider wider planning constraints and infrastructure costs. Foran examines the complexity of their interactions from a historical perspective, why each party acted as it did, and where each can be criticized.

350 pages

Table of Contents



Part One: 1945-1962

Chapter 1: Setting the Stage

Chapter 2: Going It Alone, 1945-1954

Chapter 3: Establishing the Pattern, 1955-1962

Part Two: 1963-1978

Chapter 4: Entering a New Era

Chapter 5: The Annexation Debates, 1972-1978

Chapter 6: City-Developer Relations, 1964-1978

Chapter 7: Land Use



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