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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETMIftlDOe DAILY HfRALDTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1909. GREATER o. Line To anyone making a study of various cities, certain lines Of growth become at once apparent. The direction of development of every city is in- 'fhienced both by its topography and by the lines upon which it was originally begun. History is full of examples of cities developed without reference to natural conditions and to the requirements of the future, and struggling in later years to overcome this defect. 5- To one who believes he foresees the future greatness of city and who wishes to take advan- tage of this foresight, a study of the lines of growth which the city in question must take is a highly important one. Thus if Lethbridge is to grow into a great city, what are the lines upon which the growth, will in what direction will its expansion carry it, and where will the best quarter of the city be? The situation nere is a, plain one. IN THE CASE OF LETHBRIDGE THE LINES OF GROWTH ARE CLEARLY MARKED OUT. To the west the river cuts it off, practically for all time. The Canadian Pacific Railway have bridged this river only after an expense of over a million dollars. It is not .likely that a traffic- bridge will be constructed at this cost for many years to come, and even if it were the waste dis- tance is too. great for the city to cross. EXPANSION TO THE WEST THEREFORE On this side of the river, we find upon examin- ing the ground, that the cut bank coulees do not hold a due north and south line, but throw out branches somewhat in a crescent shape. Going south these oranches trend strongly t3 the east- ward; till at a point about a mile south of the pres- ent centre of the town, the coulees cut in almost a mile and a half further to the east than the pres- ent centre of the city. Thus to grow in this direction, the city would have to contend with the expense and engineering difficulties encountered, in these coulees. Thus expanse to the south also Is greatly re- stricted. On the north side of the city, we come upon the railroad tracks and coal mining district. This quarter must'1 be permanently given over to these industries; and thus, as has been proved in all sim- ilar instances, the best and highest priced district can never be here. Due east from the present centre of the-city, we find the area of growth greatly limited by the spur. tracks. of .the Canadian Pacific Railway and the. Alberta. Railway and Irrigation and the .park improvements now under way. There will be-a strong tendency of the city not to cross, the track of the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Co. .The old line of the Canadian Pacific Railway to either be abandoned or used for suburban traffic; and therefore does not offer an obstaelej'-to growth. This is the fifth of a series of articles in which we are outlining from day to day the causes which indicate that Lethbridge is to be one of Western Canada's great cities, its increase as com- pared with other cities, its funda- mental resources, its certain des- tiny in the light of the past and present and the course which this growth and development must take. i 0 r i 0 D... I Sketch Map of the City of LtthbrUf c THUS THE EXPANSION OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE IS STRONGLY LIMITED TO ONE DIRECTION ONLY--NAMELY TO THE SOUTH EAST The map shown above illustrates graphically the points that we have mentioned. Being so limited as regards the direction in which it may develop, THE GROWTH OF, THE CITY ALONG THIS ONE LINE OPEN TO IT MUST BE EXTREMELY RAPID. Were it free to expand in all directions, growth along any oie line would be much slower and less certain. With wise foresight, the city has laid out n scheme cf improvement along this inevitable line of growth. The new city park with an area of 320 acres will be one of tho finest in Western Canada. The street car system which must inevitably comp within a ypnr or two, has been projected, in, so far as plans have been formed for it, to rearh the new park ar.d to serve the adjoining districts the line of growth. .These improvements have been planned vpon. a scale worthy of the City's future. Lethbridge may well be proud of the broad ideas and civic foresight whloh the lines of its coming growth have been laid out. Greater Lethbridge is Building for its Destiny 11 P.O. Box 1979 316 Round St., Lethbridge ;