4.5 million visitors roll through each year, a busy national highway and railway, and two towns and two hamlets occupy much of the flat ground in an otherwise rugged landscape.
The Bow Valley is the most developed landscape where grizzly bears still exist, and one of the most expensive places for people to live.
We are already at or beyond the threshold where wildlife and the average wage earners, the core people in our community, are disappearing.
Should we be considering any significant new development beyond affordable housing? Who benefits? Is it really needed? If so, can we build up instead of out?