Academic journal article Alberta History

Development Derailed: Calgary and the CPR, 1962-64

Academic journal article Alberta History

Development Derailed: Calgary and the CPR, 1962-64

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Development Derailed: Calgary and the CPR, 1962-64

by Max Foran. Edmonton: All Press, 258 pp., soft cover, illus., maps, $27.95

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There were a few months in the 1960s when it appeared that the Canadian Pacific Railway would reroute its track along the southern bank of the Bow River and its whole right-of-way through downtown Calgary would be open for development. It was an ambitious plan that would have changed the entire face of downtown Calgary. But it didn't happen, and in this fine book, Foran tells us why.

There were some big players in the negotiations between the City of Calgary and the CPR. On one side was the mayor, aldermen, and commissioners, and on the other side were N.R. Crump, CPR president, Ian Sinclair, vice-president, and project manager Rod Sykes. The two parties started out with a "Heads of Agreement" outlining a proposed deal. However, the plan was doomed from the outset, for the railway considered this document to be a solid framework for a final agreement while the City looked upon it as simply a working paper. …

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