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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HAWAII Deport Calgary Dec. 20, Return Jan. 4 Air Fore (Plus S3 Exchange) Limited Seals Available Cull ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Letttbndge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberla, Tuesday, November 14, 1972 PAGES 13 TO 28 What'i New On South Alberta Form and Rural Scene? Find Out In The Herald's Next "CHINOOK" INCLUDED WITH TODAY'S ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD A new way of living catches on 6A park-like setting along the backyards' By RICHARD BUIIKE Herald Staff Writer "An anachronism and a waste, a public nuisance, an eyesore and an unmerited ex- travagance." That's the Oldman River Regional Planing Commis- sion's description of back lanes. The solution (and strong rcc- ommer.da'iicns) abolish them. The advice was made in 19GO when the Lelbbridge General Plan was introduced. Since then, it has largely been ignored. And only recent- ly has there been a move to- ward creating lanclcss subdivi- sions in the city. Radhurn Flan In the southeastern corner ol the city, a small area includ- ing four cul-de-sacs (turn- around s'reels) was set aside to try what is called the Rad- burn Plan, with no lanes and the houses reversed on their lots. A similar plan has been approved For the first subdivi- sion in West Lethbriilgc. And one local developer will incor- porate the idea into a subdivi- sion in northeast Lolhbridge. The principle is basically pro- people, promoting social inter- course by its very design. What is traditionally thought of as the rear of the house takes on more importance. No lunger is it a mere service entrance catering to the automobile and masked by high fences and garages. In- stead, it is the centre of fam- ily or inter-family activity. What is traditionally thought of as Hie front of the house takes on the role of the ser- vice entrance in such a devel- opment ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th SI. S. Phono 328-4095 LEROY'S PLUMBING GASFITTING SERVICE WORK NEW INSTALLATIONS PHONE 328-3403 The new system is becoming common m most other parts of North America and in Europe, Lawrence Smith, executive di- rector of the ORRPC says. But it hasn't come easy. Here, as in other places in Western Canada, the builders and home owners have tradi- tionally accepted the idea of having back lanes for increased space between houses and for a second access to their prop- erty, Mr. Smith says. But he believes the disadvantages of lanes far outweigh the few ad- vantages. In a traditional residential block, nearly 10 per cent of the property is taken up with lanes. Wasted, according to Mr. Smith. City bylaws give the home- owners the responsibility of keeping up the part of the lane which is behind their properly, except for grading and gravel- ling. But that responsibility is seldom taken seriously and a "general untidiness and neglect of the lanes" is the result, Smith says. Huron Place Huron Place in Lethbridge is built according to the pro-peo- ple design. Residents there have, for the most part, moved in during tho past year. And most haven't missed a back lane one bit. Dorothy Kent and family have lived in various cities across Canada and this is the first experience without a lane behind their house. "Anywhere Ihey've had lanes, there has been a maintenance Airs. Kent says. On Huron Place, there isn't the "filth of the alleys." Alt of the houses on Huron Place have patios and living rooms which face what is tra- ditionally the back of the house. "The esthetic aspect is terri- fic." says Mrs. Honcll. Without fences, there is a "park-like setting along the backyards. "When you're used to high fences, your initial reaction here is one of awkwardness, but VIEW FROM FRONT resident Bob Howell empties trash. Ervin Photos Hint soon goes Mrs. Howell adds. The neighbors when they bought their houses that no fences would be put up. Small fences around patios, for children's play areas, are the exception. Evelyn Gommeringcr likes the idea of no lanes, but sees some problems. People with boats or trailers have no ac- cess to their backyards for stor- age. The Gommeringers use their garage to store a boat. The car slays out in the cold. Parking can be a nuisance as well, Mrs. Gommeringcr says, particularly if one person on the block has a party. Safe Rose McNab prefers their subdivision tu others because there is no lane. 'It is an ideal place for young with agreed the open space and lack of throughway for vehicles, she says. Mrs. McNab agrees fences would spoil the looks of the sub-1 Mr. BickerLon feels. Huron Place. But, some of the lots in the new subdivision are not big enough to leave out division. The only person The Herald talked to who was more against the subdivision than for it still liked the lanelcss concept. Marie Schuhmann also likes privacy and can't find enough of it on Huron Place. "The houses are loo close she says. The same observation comes from Keith Bickerton, general manager of the local Engineer- ed Homos Ltd. office, the devel- opers of Huron Place. "The lots (on Huron Placel are loo small for that Ijpe o[ No change The plans for Wcsl Leth- bridge are unlikely to be changed, however, Lawrence Smith says The; bouses can be designed lo fit the plan and the lots, lie says. The city, in fact, will hire a Calgary architect to come up with some new house designs fnr (he lots. Part of the agreement with I he architect is to help local builders in the Iransitior from Featuring slcrco rcidio, Dual 171] aulcmalic chancier and six ipcakor sound system ACTIVE TV SERVICE 1238-3rd Ave. South Phone 327-5020 (OPEN THURS. FRI. TILL 9 P.M.) Mr. Bickertc.i! working with lancd subdivi- says. "It's n good type of sub-1 sions to lancless ones, division if the lots arc bigger." Engineered Homes, tor one. The slib-ri i v i s i o n crcaled j will not take on any cf the city's some problems for contractors, j Mr. Bickerton raid. Both the front and the back of The company has enough of its (he houses face an open area, cither the street or the back- yard open space, and they have to be equally attractive, Mi'. Bickcrlon feels. One problem, that of garbago collection, was solved by Imikl- iug small, unobtrusive brick garbage containers at the front of most houses. Mr. Hickerton suggests an ideal subdivision have a mix ot lancd ar.d landless blocks. A new area in northeast Lrlh- bridgc, being developed by En- gineered Homes, will have such a mix. Plans for the first phase nt development for West Lclh- bridgc call [or only lanelcss streets generally resembling own qualified designers and architects, lie addcci. of the other houscbiiild- cvs are re: worried about tho lanelcss concept designs as the the cily will dictate lo Ihem what Ihey must build in Wcsl Lcllibridgc, Mr. Ilickcrton pr.hl. West Lclhbridgc is progress- ing .slouly. .It needs a bridge, shopping facilities, and mortgage arrangements must bo worked mil. When the "new town" across I hi- river does proceed, il will have no lanes. If Ihc survey of residents on Huron Place is an indication, thai aspect of West Lcthbridgc, at least, will be ac- cepted. Zoning battle may go another round North side residents, who let cily hall last week thinking they had won their case agains rezoning land near their prop- erty, may learn otherwise nex Monday. City council called a specia meeting Monday to reconside the rezoning bylaw but tabled the matter for one week ti "give the people a chance t watch council change its mind." That might not happen. Coun cil must first decide if the by law should be reconsidercc ant then whether a public hear ing should be re-opened. The land proposed for rezoh ing is in two locations: at 291 St. and 18th Ave. N. and at 23r St. and 14th Ave. N. Developers want to build semi-detached houses on both pieces of prop erty but some residents in th area protested, saying their property values would de- crease. Alderman Vaughan Hem broff said council is "leaving il self open to a lot of public rait icism" if the decision is re- versed to allow the rezoning. Store closer An agreement between the city and Canada Safeway Stores Ltd. was approved by city council Monday, movin; development of a supermarke on the Hull Block property a step closer. The city will sell a lane to Safeway for The lane splits the block, separating land which will be owned by two dif ferent companies. The eastern half of the blocl mil be bought by Safeway an( the western half leased for 2i years from Marathon Realty The property is located on 3r< Ave. S. between 7th and 8th St Council voted five to one in fa vor of the agreement. Aid Vaughan Hembroff was op- posed. Aid. Vera Ferguson Aid. Steve Kotch and Aid. Chick Chichester were not at the meeting. Aid. Hembroff said, "There is no advantage to putting a gro- cery store on that beautifii piece of property. It won't do a thing for the downtown area, 'I would like to think the land would be available in the fu- ture for a better he said. When the city sold the land, condition was that a hotel would be built on it, Several attempts have been made to develop a hotel on the site, but all have failed. Aid. Cam Barnes suggested it is time there was some action on the property. A majority of council agreed. Details of the plans should be available in about a month, A. G. Anselmo of Canada Safe- way told The Herald earlier. Lethbridge Rotnriajis lour colony An introduction to communal living was given the Lethbridge Holary Club Monday. The club had its weekly luncheon and meeting at the Wilson Hutterite Colony. Following the lunch the head ot the colony, Rev. John Wurz, ami others conducted the club members through the modem kitchen facilities, the milking parlor, the hog and chicken buildings, and the residential quarters. A total of 84 persons live on the colony. [CUFF BLACK, Certified Denial Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAE MEDICAL DENTAL BIDS. Lower Level PHONE 327-2123 "If I were those people, I would he suing the city right down to its socks if the deci- sion is Aid. Hembroff said. Aid. Cam Barnes is in favor of reconsidering the bylaw because "some of the aldermen didn't properly understand the problem." He said the protest- ing residents agreed to a semi- detached housing development. "They only made a choice be- tween two bad Aid. Hembroff said. "It's liku asking a person if he wants ona hand or two hands cut off. If ha has to make a choice, he will naturally choose one hand." The reference was to the choice the people were given between seeing apartment b u i 1 d i n gs or semi-detached houses go up on the land. Worth critics are 'unfair' The Worth Commission Re- port apparently has little direct implication for the exceptional child. Leonard Haney, a member of the Worth Commission, made only passing reference to ex- ceptional children when he ad- dressed the Southern Alberta Council for Exceptional Chil- dren in Lethbridge Monday night. The topic of the meeting was the "Implications of the Worth Report for the Exceptional Child." But Mr. Haney spent most of his time defending the Worth Report against a growing wave of criticism. It has been criticized for wanting to do something for so- ciety he said. "Some of the criticism has been un- fair and out of context with the report He did make mention of one exceptional child, a 14-year-old who is taking computer science at the University of Alberla. Mr. Haney described the stu- dent as "unfortunate" because he has missed his childhood. Mr. Haney told the meeting of educators that it is not possible to pick out a section of the Worth Report and know what the entire report says about a specific topic. "You can't read a few pages and know what the report says Indian editor to address Thursday meet Caen Ely, editor of the native newspaper, the Kainai News, will speak on Indian education at the Thursday noon meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs in Sven Erick- sen's Family Restaurant. Mrs. Bly, the granddaughter of the late Senator James Glad- stone, will be the first woman .0 speak at a meeting of the council. Marilyn Anderson, broadcast- er and free lance writer, will be chairman of the meeting. The public is invited to at- .end. about the exceptional he said. "You need an overview of the report to get an idea of its philosophy." In answer to a comment that UK report says retarded people may become the first true lei- sure class in society, Mr. Haney said he can't agree that we should aim only at teaching the retarded to use leisure time. "I feel we must add whatever we can to a person's said Mr. Haiey. Teachers will confer on report The Alberta Teachers Assocl- aation has organized three regional conferences within the next month to deal with certain aspects of the Worth Report. The conferences will be held in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Red Deer on Nov. 27, Dec. 2 and Dec. 7 respectively. The theme of the conferences is "Administration After The Worth Report." Entertaining Season Special! 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