Fifteen years and counting
Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 06:00 am
March 5 marked our 15th anniversary here at the Airdrie City View newspaper and a lot of things have changed but some still remain the same.
Itís hard to imagine that for one-third of my life I have been living in Airdrie and publishing the Airdrie City View. I was recently going over my work history from the time I graduated high school until I moved to Airdrie. There were a lot of different places I worked and lot of different career paths I was on throughout the Ď90ís but somehow a lot of things fell into place to lead me to the newspaper world. It has been a great 20 years in the business.
A lot of notable people have come and gone from the office in the way of reporters, sales staff and admin personnel, with each one of them helping in their own way of growing and expanding the City View and making the paper what it is today.
Airdrie has grown so much since 2002 that for probably 75 per cent or more of the Airdrie residents they donít know a time in Airdrie without the City View. We have grown with you through the good times and the bad and all that time we have remained true to our roots of producing the best local newspaper we can. Our commitment to reporting on Airdrie news and keeping ourselves local has remained since day one. We want Airdrie readers to know the news they read weekly in the City View is the most accurate and correct it can be and covers the local topics that are of importance to you.
Since I moved here, I have seen this great city grow from just under 20,000 people to the 65,000 that it is today. It is hard to imagine how fast a community can grow to this size and how well the city has done in keeping up with that growth. It isnít to say there are some problems still with all that growth but a little extra time spent on our streets as the traffic backs up isnít the worst thing that could be happening.
People often refer to Airdrie as the place with the city amenities and the small town feel. I think it is time for the residents to embrace a new description of our city, something more like a young, vibrant city with lots of opportunities and great places to experience. We still have that friendly neighbourly feel where you can talk to anyone on the block and any city staff or councillor is very approachable but the small town feel is a thing of the past. Not many small towns I know have a first class fitness centre like Genesis Place or multiple wonderful subdivisions for shopping and dining out like Sierra Springs, Kingís Heights Market, McKenzie Towne, Airdrieís downtown or the new and upcoming Midtown Commercial Centre and Coopers Town Promenade. Nor do I think any small town would have been able to have the resources, facilities and volunteers to host such successful events as the 2009 55+ Summer Games, 2014 Alberta Summer Games, and the soon to come 2020 Alberta Winter Games. These, along with our yearly wonderful events, like the Canada Day and Santa Claus parades and fireworks and our always famous Festival of Lights, make Airdrie the unique and vibrant city it is today.
The City of Airdrieís parks and pathways systems with more than 1,090 acres of parks and 100 kilometres of pathways are larger on their own than most small towns I know as well.
So letís embrace the city that we are and the wonderful community we still remain. We can all grow this city together and into the future.
I look forward to many more years as the publisher of the Airdrie City View and delivering the best in local news to the readers of this great city.