About Downtown West & the DWCA
Situated between 8 Street SW and 14 Street SW and between the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) tracks and the Bow River (see map below), Calgary's Downtown West is a well-established "vertical village" neighbourhood which is also still evolving its identity.
We're a unique, mixed neighbourhood: we are historic, multi-ethnic, expanding, vertical - as well as artistic and green-minded... all of which contribute to the City of Calgary's emerging world-class status.
The 2016 Calgary census listed Downtown West with a population of 2,344 in 1,937 dwellings. (See more DW demographic info here.)
Our geographical area, compared to the city and province, is tiny: 0.477 sq km (0.18 sq mi, 49 ha). But we have the highest population density in Calgary. As of 2014, people per square kilometre in DW is 18,937 and it is expected to grow with new high-rise residential projects underway.
Downtown West cherishes its heritage resources - Mewata Armoury, the Kerby Centre and the Centennial Planetarium (get updates on its renovations here). We are proud to invite everyone to Shaw Millennium Park, and to take the same quick walk to the Bow River which we who live here can enjoy every day. The massive annual Stampede Parade makes its big turn in the centre of Downtown West every July, and so DW is the choice spot to be on that day.
But we do face our challenges.
In recent years, Downtown West has experienced a significant amount of residential development. However, it stands as an "island" at the west end of the Centre City, lacking the qualities of amenity and integration that would provide a stronger sense of identity.
Downtown West, although strong in its adjacency to the Bow River, it is not well-connected for pedestrian movements to the Bow riverfront, surrounding neighbourhoods, and Downtown. The substantial amount of east-west vehicular movements bisect the neighbourhood - therefore we are not yet fully achieving the components of an integrated neighbourhood.
The policies for Downtown West seek to provide a stronger sense of place, and to better integrate it as a neighbourhood both within and as a part of the Centre City.
The DWCA was formed in 2002 by a concerned group of residents from the Downtown West End. As Gordon Smith, founding president, recalls a visit to the Alderman's office in 2001:
"I had just moved into the Axxis in January 2001 and there were a lot of new buildings under construction ... Marquis, Riverwest, and new development permits being processed for others. The new community was growing fast. The Alderman wanted a community association so that she could communicate better with residents; all of Ward 8 except Downtown West had a Community Association. I found from City Hall that a few people in the community had been interested in trying to form a Community Association. So I contacted them and we became the founding members."
DWCA Board for the 2018–2019 Term
Gary Young - President
Richard Hehr - Vice President
Dr. Mohie Bakinson - Treasurer
Manu Chugh - Director of Development
Derrick Ho-Chung-Qui - Director
Farnaz Sadeghpour - Director
Jean-Michel Crepin - Director, Memberships Lead
Juliana Borisova - Director
TBD - Communications
Download DWCA Annual General Meeting minutes, presentations, and more.