Bridgeland-Riverside (1903 - )

In Calgary’s early days, Bridgeland and Riverside began as separate communities on the north side of the Bow River. Riverside, near the Langevin Bridge along the busy trail to Edmonton, was incorporated as a village in 1903, and informally known as Germantown. Further north and east, CPR had the rights to the land, and developed Bridgeland for working-class residents. After its annexation to the City, the Calgary General Hospital opened in 1910, prompting a building boom of many modest homes in the community. In 1998, implosion of the 1000-bed hospital ushered in a new era of development in what was now known as Bridgeland-Riverside. Gentrification is bringing in a new generation of young professionals and families, and numerous mid- and high-rise condos  along with large contemporary homes are meeting their housing demands. This former blue-collar community of European immigrants is now seen as a trendy, desirable place to live.

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