Expansive Discourses
350 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 2009

Expansive Discourses

Urban Sprawl in Calgary, 1945–1978

Athabasca University Press

A groundbreaking study of urban sprawl in Calgary after the Second World War. The interactions of land developers and the local government influenced how the pattern grew: developers met market demands and optimized profits by building houses as efficiently as possible, while the City had to consider wider planning constraints and infrastructure costs.

In Expansive Discourses, Foran examines the complexity of their interactions from a historical perspective, why each party acted as it did, and where each can be criticized.

Foran's unique contribution delves into the complexities of urban land development in a manner that no other study has in any other North American city. Alan F. J. Artibise, co-editor of The Canadian City: Essays in Urban and Social History
Max Foran is a Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. He has written extensively on various western Canadian urban, rural, and cultural topics, most recently on ranching, urban growth, and sustainability.



Part One: 1945-1962

Chapter 1: Setting the Stage

Chapter 2: Going It Alone, 1945-1954

Chapter 3: Establishing the Pattern, 1955-1962

Part Two: 1963-1978

Chapter 4: Entering a New Era

Chapter 5: The Annexation Debates, 1972-1978

Chapter 6: City-Developer Relations, 1964-1978

Chapter 7: Land Use



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