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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Apartments up to but Habitat enjoys absolute occupancy 1 i i 1 1 ii ike fourth of five on the telling kow arckilects aid fcome builders ire developing ways of alluring private outdoor living for future tenuts. This article deals specifically with the use of high-rise By PETER TONGE Christian Science Monitor Que. The garden was compact and attractive. Red and white petunias brightened low wall enclosing the 'area. Two small trees threw some inviting shade over a table and chairs. In one corner stood a baibecue grill next to a planter of young tomatoes. In another a rose bush was just beginning to bloom. In every respect it appeared typical of the well groomed patio com- mon to middle class sub- urbia But this one was different It was more than 100 feet up in the 10 stories high in a Montreal apartment building Expo Habitat. funny looking building down near the har- which intrigued fairgoers has become a residential success It brings the joys of the private outdoor patio to apartment dwellers. Ever since part- ly constructed for Expo was completed in it has enjoyed 100 percent oc- cupancy Currently it has a waiting list of better than 100 though the apartments to a month are not inexpen- sive Tenant turnover is remarkably low. When in May this year the leases on 30 apartments 29 were renewed. they leave they leave is the only slightly exaggerated comment of an official with Central Mortgage Housing Cor- the government agency which owns and manages the building. What people says Habitat designer Moshe is en- a and nearby fresh and sunlight. What peo- ple seek in the suburbs must be provided in the high-density urban he says. Here on Cite du a peninsula-like strip of land which shields the placid Montreal harbor from the turbulent waters of the St. Lawrence Habitat '67 meets most of these re- quirements. To start it is not a true apartment block. Rather it is a neighborhood of individual homes suspended in space on a towering frame. Habitat has 158 houses in 15 different styles providing tenants with the choice and sense of identity Mr. Safdie sees as so important. They range from 600 square foot one bedroom units to large four bedroom houses covering square feet a goodly size by any suburban standards. House entrances lead either directly off the pedestrian streets or by go- ing up or down a shdrt flight of stairs again enhancing the individuality of the homes. There are no monotonous no rows of identical entrances here Each has at least one frequently two garden patios. They range in size from 17 by 17 to 36 by 18 feet ample room for outdoor living and recreation Mr Safdie and his family live in the building he designed During the three hot months of Montreal's summer they frequently breakfast in their own private garden Their children play out there There is no pressing sense of wanting to leave Habitat to escape the confines of the building. no feeling of confinement here at Mrs Nina Saf- a sentiment that is repeated over and over by the other tenants Two years after its com- pletion Habitat remains a major talking point among those that live there. seems to sum up the ex- perience of most residents They live little more than an elevator ride away from several theaters and a dozen or so good restaurants. They can readily join the nearby city crowds and they mingle freely among themselves in the communal parklike open spaces that dot Habitat itself. On the other hand they can slip through a doorway into the total seclusion of their own relax perhaps in the quiet of their own private gardens All homes open in three or four directions to air and space and sun. Some rooms face the others look out over the broad expanse of the St Lawrence Some rooms have morning others sun in the afternoon. In the every the feeling of home equals that of the suburban house but with none of the isolation and commuting problems frequently associated with the distant suburb. Because the sun- drenched patios are so much a part of living at the built-in flower beds and planters are in- variably well maintained When this writer visited Habitat it was mid-June and the threat of frost had ceased only two weeks previously. Thus the newly planted annuals were still small. But by the end of July and through August greenery is a notable feature of the building have a forest here by the end of commented an official gar- dener whose job it is to maintain the communal open spaces What people grow is up to individual taste man even grew corn last a secretary with the housing corporation noted with a smile. Apparently he wanted a green privacy screen also a meal or two How did Habitat '67 get As an architectural stu- dent at McGill University Mr Safdie was included in a group taken on a tour of North American cities. That in 1959. He returned con- vinced that suburbia was not the answer to man's growing housing problems There just isn't enough land to house everybody in the he reasoned. But he was even more dis- enchanted with conven- tional high-rise construc- tion. he termed them after seeing children cling to wire mesh enclosed balconies 13 stories children runn- ing up and down corridors in the only areas they had for and everywhere people complaining about the noise and 'lack of privacy. Few regarded the apartment as tbeir perma- nent home. Mr. Safdie returned con- vinced that there was a better way. Habitat '67 is the result of that convic- tion. How to make an instant private garden with fencing. Montreal's Habitat '67 partially constructed for Expo was completed In 1971 and has a waiting list of more than 100 names. It is not a true apartment block but rather a neighborhood of individual homes suspended in space on a towering frame. Have your Carpets and Furniture cleaned right in your home makes and nady for guests in just a few NO soaking NO scrubbing with Duraclean's unique absorption process See colors come fibers upholstery SimlMO Financial assistance promised for native women's meetings PARENTS'I For nit caB WILSON DONALDSON 1404 11th Ave. PhOMK or 327-MM elunlni dilion rumif IIM I ol ilu AMIICM t Ttllini LiUnUfin. TORONTO The fed- eral Indian affairs depart- ment will finance meetings where Indian women can dis- cuss their a weekend meeting of Indian women from the western provinces and Ontario was told. Kitty Maracle of Vancouver said she had talked to Katie head of the national ad- visory council on the status of who said and La- bor Minister John Munro and two of her executives met with Jean Chretien of Indian and he told them money would be made available for meetings of native women There was no money avail- able when an ad-hoc com- mittee of the British Columbia National Women's the B.C Associa- tion of Non-Status Indians and the B C. Indian Homemakers asked the department's THE BETTER HALF regional office to help finance a committee project aimed at consciousness-raising among Indian women were told their funds had already been turned over to the Union of BC Indian Mrs. Maraclesaid. The BC. Indian women's committee already has asked the secretary of state for half it has estimated it will need for its project and will approach the Indian By Barnes TEACHERS our lost AAa'am. If you'd care to wait I'll call the AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE HALL-1234 3 Ave. North ST MMMT DOUBLED WMkly PrtiM FfM SPONSORED BY THE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE ANowtd Everybody WtteMiw smoothness of Blended smooth. smooth Priord smooth A smooth number r Ml LEGION BINGO EVERY WEMESMY at JACKPOT IN M NUMBERS OR LESS 1M OAMI MO JACKPOT Mi OAMI Stt 10th OAME MM JACKPOT IN NUMMRS mil MIS MRVICI HOM AFTIR MNOO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MIMNM AND QUESTS NORMANDY LOUNM CMMrwiwtfwUiwIi by AwriMn M ca women in the other provinces to do what they are doing in B.C. Once they get the money they need they will hire three field workers to visit the various groups of Indians. They will hold meetings with the native women and ac- quaint them with their status as laid out in the Indian Act Each of the groups of women will be encouraged to choose a delegate to represent them at a big meeting of all the Indian women in the province planned for next spring. Plans also were discussed at the meeting for a national na- tive women's conference to be held in Vancouver next month. Pension plan may include housewives .VANCOUVER Senator Ray Perrault -said legislation to include housewives in the Canada Pension Plan may be introduced in the Senate before it reaches the House of Commons. Senator Perrault said over the weekend he is trying to introduce a proposal in the Senate which would allow women to opt into the pension plan even if they do not work' outside the home. He urged a one-day conference on women in sponsored by the British Columbia Women's Liberal to fight for inclusion of housewives letters and briefs to your MPs. They are extreme- ly sensitive about their mail. It's their weathervane of public he said. Judge Nancy a member of the government appointed B.C. labor relations told the conference that women will never gain power until they infiltrate the party structure and get control of party finances. where the power said Judge Morrison. may have the but the men still control the The Herald- Family Police women now allowed to enter real police world Policewomen here are being allowed to enter the world of real police work. For many years they handl- ed a variety of including investigation of family problems and neglected children. Three years the division strength was re- duced to 11 from 14 and duties were reduced to escort and emergency telephone room chores. Now a policewoman has nurses barn kittens Ont. The veterinarian says it's but a four- year-old spayed part part insists she can be as good a mother to two barn kittens as any cat. After three litters of Fancy's Mrs Edwin decided to have her spayed. But the operation performed two years ago hasn't stopped Fancy from nursing part of the feline litter born in the Marchand's barn last month. there were three kittens but one of them died so Mr. Marchand brought the others into the house. started feeding them with an eyedropper and we kept them upstairs. One night they were meowing quite a bit and Fancy went over and lay down beside them. The next morning we woke up and found the kittens being nursed by Mrs Marchand said The mother of the two kittens is still around the farm but she seems to have forgotten about her young and is content to let Fancy sit the owner said. Mrs. Marchand also says the kittens have grown abnor- mally fast on the dog's milk. other the vet called up to see how the mother and her adopted ones were doing and asked if the kittens had started to bark The vet confesses he can't explain the unusual event. Animals have been known to adopt young other than their own species and nurse but never after they have been spayed. been assigned to a car to han- dle all routine duties in a specific patrol including general criminal investigative work. In the police commission granted the 11- member squad the right to carry service revolvers. The first policewoman to enter the real police world is brunette Sharon a member of the force for just one year. Patrol Superintendent Ted Oliver said Mrs. Smith spent three months with a veteran constable in in- the same pro- gram followed by male rookies after graduation from the academy. the new sne now is required to take least three months to cover all three he said. is a need for them to fit as closely to the complete police functions as the Superintendent Oliver said forces using women in work previously handled only by men have recorded no conclusive findings hope to know a little more of their capabilities after three he added. Mrs Smith favors women taking a more active role in police work. She was educated in and came to the Lower Mainland in 1968 to take a two- year psychiatric nurse's train- ing course at the provincial mental hospital. After graduation she work- ed'as a psychiatric nurse for two years before she decided to enter police work. imagine violence will come said Ms. Smith part of the job. canH say what I'll do un- til a given situation occurs but I'm not going to jump headlong into a situation. I'm more inclined to assess a situation first before acting. something you pick up quickly in nurse's training PUBLIC BINQO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY THURS.-6 p.m. LETHBRIDGE FISH 011100 WEDNESDAY A GAME ASSN. 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