Further convoluting matters, Glenora does not have a homogenous or easily defined architectural style. Unlike Westmount and Garneau, Glenora has developed gradually. Its style is defined less by the look of its houses, then, and more by its Garden City Suburb design: manicured green spaces, large lots with deep setbacks, and curvilinear streets.
“How do you avoid wrecking this hard-to-define thing? Well, you leave things pretty much the way they are,” Backstrom says.
The city might hold more sway over Glenora residents once it overhauls its zoning and heritage strategies, both of which are already underway with a focus on equity and density.
With lofty transit-oriented development goals set on paper, and the West LRT going straight through Glenora on Stony Plain Road, it may only be a matter of time before something has to give.
Knack, however, is tired of waiting.
“I’m just worried about adding another three or four more years before starting to see tangible action taken,” he says. “We’ve done report after report after report, and it doesn’t feel like we’ve actually done anything with those reports.”
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