Author archive for Bill Partridge

  • Back to School

    By Bill Partridge on September 9, 2014
    (Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) You are probably thinking about your kids, if you have any going back to school this week. Summer’s over. I know when I was growing up the post-Labour Day ritual was something to look forward to. Renewing […]
  • Taxi! Taxi!

    By Bill Partridge on August 20, 2014
    The City of Calgary taxi system is regulated by The Taxi Limousine Advisory Committee. (TLAC) From what is on the city’s web site, it appears the Commission has been around since 1973. The mandate of the TLAC is: To provide advice and recommendations to Council to ensure high quality taxi and limousine services and to create and maintain a sustainable […]
  • There is No End to the Noise of a City

    By Bill Partridge on August 15, 2014
    (Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) My vacation this summer was a five-day kayaking trip down the South Saskatchewan River from Medicine Hat to Sandy Point, a distance of about 160kms. Camping on the river banks, miles from civilization, experiencing the intense quiet […]
  • It’s a Simple Matter of Public Safety

    By Bill Partridge on August 13, 2014
    (Note: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) During any construction project, public safety is paramount. This concept applies equally to those on the job site and members of the public. The Alberta Safety Codes Act is pretty specific about a number of things […]
  • Denmark Should Not Guide Calgary’s Transportation Policy

    By Bill Partridge on August 12, 2014
    (Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or the positions of BOMA Calgary.) So, the Scandinavian visitors [http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/08/04/danish-tourists-canada-car-culture_n_5649374.html] are perplexed by Canadians’ apparent car-dependency which was the subject of a recent article in the Calgary Herald [http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2014/08/07/are-there-too-many-parking-lots-in-downtown-calgary/] . Let’s give the matter perspective:   Canada Denmark Calgary Copenhagen Population 35,000,000 […]
  • It is Way Past Time to Re-think Calgary’s Downtown Parking

    By Bill Partridge on August 7, 2014
    There is nothing more emotional in urban development than parking. Those coming downtown expect to find a parking spot fairly close to their destination. If they are not familiar with downtown that task may be a little daunting. For most people, driving to the core is the most efficient mode of travel. In the 1970s, Calgary introduced cash-in-lieu parking (CIL). […]
  • Could Calgary Become Like Detroit?

    By Bill Partridge on July 29, 2014
    By William Partridge (with Lloyd Suchet) (Note: The opinions stated in this blog are solely my own. These opinions do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.)   There is no question the growth of Calgary’s population has been very significant. When I arrived in this magnificent city the demographic clock had just ticked over the […]
  • Collaborating for Preparedness

    By Bill Partridge on June 5, 2014
    When there are major incidents, such as high winds and floods, BOMA is quick to address the concerns. Two recent examples of this proactive initiative is the collaborative leadership role assumed by BOMA to address the negative impacts of sudden high wind incidents. Working with regulatory agencies BOMA produced a set of guidelines for industry members to follow. The 2013 […]
  • Standards Help to Build a Great City

    By Bill Partridge on June 2, 2014
    BOMA members build cities. And Calgary is one of them. Buildings, however, in and of themselves, do not make a good city. It is people who give a city its heart and soul. One way BOMA contributes to the greatness of our city as a trade association is by facilitating the development of standards. For well over 25 years, BOMA […]
  • Desert Lessons in Water Conservation

    By Bill Partridge on April 15, 2014
    Calgarians can learn a lot about water from folks that live in the desert. Water is a precious and life-giving resource that requires careful management. California’s Coachella Valley where Palm Springs is located is at the transitional point of both the Sonoran and Colorado Deserts. The Coachella Valley has received virtually no rain since August 2013, and is becoming    increasingly […]