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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 IMS LETHBRIDGE HSRAID Tuesdoy, Aptil 17, 1973- Some like the sun lamps, companionship and convenience; others ponder the isolation when novelties wear off High-rise retirement a look at new ideas for housing elderly By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Stepping out a performance? IOWTV ond shrubs, Irees old flowers oU combine m c V c pleoson! nccr ihe entrance to Colgory's high-rise for senior citizens But, as one noted, residenis may feel ihe need to "dress because they'll iiVeJy Grangers in the ele- voior ood hoHwoy. On first glance, Calgary's new senior citizen higlmse seems oddly out of place, towering 16 stories above the decaying buildings, urban re- newal and railway yards that make up downtown east Cal- gary. Opened for occupancy just last October, the high-rise, which hasn't even got a name yet it's to be officially op- ened and named tins month home to some 420 people, all over 65 years old. It, along with similar re- cently completed projects in other cities there are'two in Edmonton represents one of the latest trends In housing for the elderly. A smaller version of this Mnd of building has been ap- proved in principle here for a one-acre site on the Central School block at 8th Street and eth Ave. S It will contain 75 suites but whether they will be contained in five stories, 10 stories or even higher has cot yet been decided. Economical In one sense, a high rise development, represents the quickest end most economi- cal way of alleviating the shortage of adequate low- rental housing for senior citi- zens who are still able and eager to look after them- selves. On the other hand, a high- rise is seen in some quarters as the embodiment of soci- ety's tendency to isolate its no longer needed folk In a kind of vertical ghetto for the elderly. To sucb critics high-rise buildings perhaps ep'tomize the impersonality and urffor- mity that afflicts so many segments of modern urban life Missing too, is the some- what mythologized serenity of old folks borne with their long green lawns, quiet corn- ers, clear suburban air and low density trVfic, noise and pollution. Calgary's h5gh-nse is at once a contradiction and con- firmation of these cn'Jcisms. Near store Situated at the extreme eastern edge of donwt own Calgary, where the Bow River meets the tracks of Canadian Pacific Ha hvaj s marshalling yards, it is five long blocks throjch the "crummy end of town" io the downtown shopping area However, a supermarket and bus stops are dose by. Administered as p u h 15 c housing the Calpory Hous- ing Authority, Its 300 single suites rent for as fcr.v as S32 and the 60 double occupancv sniles for As in all public housing rent is on ability to pay. Suites The single suites aio essen- tially bachelor apartments, although an alcove which can be screened off is provided for a bedroom. The double suites are of a standard one- ;