Calgary: “Our tolerance for crap must be zero.”

The mayor of Calgary Canada didn’t pull any punches recently when he told developers that they need to build better buildings:

“You cannot come as the industry to say to us, ‘It takes too long for me to get my approvals’ if you’re bringing us crap,” [Naheed] Nenshi told the luncheon crowd.

So what is the “crap” to which Nenshi refers? Apparently it includes buildings that are unattractive, don’t work with public transit, and aren’t pedestrian friendly. Nenshi also mentioned “a planned big-box project.” Apparently Nenshi was also drawing on comments made by another Canadian mayor:

Nenshi’s comment evoked a famed 2005 remark by Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, about the provincial capital’s architecture: “Our tolerance for crap must be zero.”

These remarks are part of a growing understanding that we need to stop building horrible places that simply don’t work. It’s a rallying cry, and a level of candor, that Provo would do well to borrow.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

Our tolerance for crap must be zero.

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9 responses to “Calgary: “Our tolerance for crap must be zero.”

  1. I’d love to come up with a book “Build This, Not That” kind of like the “Eat This, Not That.” Apparently people don’t understand crap until it is fully labeled out for them.

  2. Tosh

    i agree- it would be cool to have a book that had good examples of crap. and nothing but a SEA of PARKING LOTS for MILES is pretty bad…..ugh….we need GOOD SOLID DEVELOPMENT here in this city of ours.

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  4. I heart Provo

    When these projects come through the design review process within Provo City the City’s guidelines don’t allow the design review board members to deny based on crap appearance. It is time that changed.

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  6. Jay

    It’s easy to walk around and point out crap. I would like to see you take each of your “crap” selections, redesign it how it “should be”, meeting all of the needs of all of the parties involved. Then attempt to take one of them to the city for approvals! I like your blog and what you’re doing, but this section just seems a bit arrogant.

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