My family drove through the Garrison Woods area of Calgary today. I love that area - the houses, townhomes, stores, parkland. I find it beautiful and believe it deserves the acclaim it has received. It mixes housing from the former military base in Calgary with new construction and does it well. I've been to a similar area in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There too, a beautiful development has arisen at a former military base. These 2 large areas have a lot of potential and from what I've seen, it is being realized.
One thing would make me like these areas more. It's big. I wish that these large areas of land and housing were available because we had moved beyond the need for the military. Rather than mere movement of military operations to other locations, I wish that things had wrapped up and the world had found better ways. Soldiers still fight, soldiers still die. Enjoying the gentle beauty of these nascent communities, it is easy to believe that those things are in the past. I hope that some day that is true. I hope that some day, all military facilities can be used for nicer purposes. I like the dream of that reality.