Richard White

Author Everyday Tourist blog

Richard White has served on the Calgary Planning Commission (Citizen at Large), the Calgary Tourism Board, The Calgary Public Art Board, and the Tourism Calgary Board. He writes a blog called Everyday Tourist about our city, and has written extensively on Calgary's urban development.

Latest from Richard White

OPINION | Calgary's slogan should be 'The Family Friendly City'

Calgary shouldn’t be focusing on trying to attract the young, hip, tech worker, looking for big city culture and nightlife. We should be trying to attract the 30-something tech workers who are looking to settle down and raise a family.

OPINION | Don't be surprised if the West Village lies dormant for another 20 years

Remember CalgaryNext? The huge arena complex was supposed to trigger the redevelopment of the land around the old Greyhound bus terminal. What happens to the land now that the new arena is being built elsewhere?
Opinion

If we want to increase transit use in Calgary, better is more important than cheaper

If you want to entice more people to leave their cars at home, improving transit service is more important than reducing fares.
Opinion

Calgary lags behind on transit-oriented development

If the future of urban living in North American cities is linked to creating vibrant, dense communities next to LRT stations, why isn't Calgary fast-tracking TOD development?

OPINION | Calgary's public realm: The neglect is starting to show

While the City of Calgary continues to create significant improvements to the city’s public realm with new projects, it often comes at the expense of the maintenance of older and smaller public realm areas.

OPINION | Green Line revisited: Why these former transit managers now say buses are better than rail

It is probably too late, but the City of Calgary should consider constructing the Green Line as a bus rapid transit (BRT) route rather than light rail transit (LRT).
Opinion

$500-million BMO Centre is not going to turn Calgary into a top-tier convention city

Richard White says a study should have been done to determine Calgary’s potential as a major convention, trade show and event centre and how best to utilize existing and expanded facilities before megabucks were given for expansion of the BMO Centre.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 3

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 2

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.
Analysis

How to create a new Calgary neighbourhood in 12 not-so-easy steps: Part 1

Building new communities is a risky, high stakes business that can take 25-plus years from land acquisition to completion. It isn't for the weak of heart.

OPINION | The more I visit Calgary's new Central Library, the less I like it

Yes, Calgary’s new Central Library has received international design praise, but I have to wonder if these out-of-town reviewers were only interested in how it looks and not how it functions.
Opinion

There's a whole lot of unanswered questions around the new arena and entertainment district

"If the plans lead with all of the publicly funded projects first, in the hope that private-sector projects will follow, it could be a recipe for disaster," says urban writer Richard White.
Opinion

Oh ya?! Says you! Or, how Calgary's development system leads to conflict

How drawn-out debate and disagreement can lead to higher home prices. Richard White on the struggles between neighbours, city officials and developers as they try to hash out a vision for Calgary.
Opinion

Why Calgarians should have to pay for the parking spot in front of their house

Maybe you should have to pay to park in front of your own home. Richard White offers a curbside reality check. And we want to hear from you. Let the seething begin.
Opinion

Can Calgary really cram 650,000 more people into existing neighbourhoods?

The city’s long-term plan to limit sprawl contains some 'noble goals,' says Richard White, but pulling it off will be a 'herculean task.'