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Altadore, Calgary
Altadore is a residential neighbourhood in the inner-city portion of the southwest quadrant of Calgary, Alberta. It is located between 14 Street and Crowchild Trail, south of the neighbourhood of South Calgary. It is bordered by the Elbow River and the River Park to the southeast.

Altadore was named one of Calgary's best neighbourhoods in 2010 for its proximity to River Park, one of Calgary's best parks on the Elbow River, and Marda Loop, the largest and busiest outdoor shopping area in Calgary, and for having a vibrant party and cultural scene. The Marda Loop Business Revitalization Zone is located within the community, along 33 and 34 Avenues SW. The neighbourhood is experiencing a gentrification process with many high-end, luxury semi-detached homes built in the last ten years, favoured by trendy, young professionals and families.

Altadore was established in 1945. It is represented in the Calgary City Council by Ward 11 Alderman Brian Pincott. The community has an area redevelopment plan in place.

The meaning of "Altadore" is unclear. It may have been named after a mansion in County Wicklow, Ireland, or it may have been a portmanteau word whose first part derived either from "Alta", the old abbreviation of Alberta, or "alta" for high (the neighbourhood being on a hill), and whose second part was derived from "dore", a version of the French "d'or", or "of gold".

In 2006 the neighbourhood had a population of 8,175. Residents in this community had a median household income of $53,786 in 2000, and there were 13.6% low income residents living in the neighborhood. As of 2000, 11.9% of the residents were immigrants. A proportion of 37.2% of the buildings were condominiums or apartments, and 41.2% of the housing was used for renting.

Altadore contains two schools operated by the Calgary Board of Education. Altadore Elementary, on 16th Street S.W., serves students from kindergarten to Grade Six and was opened in 1952, while Dr. Oakley School, on 20th Street S.W., serves students with learning disabilities from Grades Three to Nine. The designated public junior high school is Mount Royal Junior High in the Mount Royal neighbourhood, and the designated public senior high school is Central Memorial High School.

There are no schools operated by the Calgary Catholic School District located in Altadore. Separate school students attend St. James Elementary and Junior High School and Bishop Carroll High School.

There are also a number of private schools in Altadore, including the Calgary Waldorf School and the Glenmore Christian Academy. The community was also once the home of I.L. Peretz School, a Jewish elementary school operated under the aegis of the Board of Education; after the school moved, the building eventually became the home of the Calgary Waldorf School before it was demolished in 2004 and replaced by a condominium complex. Dr. Oakley School was once an elementary and junior high school, but was repurposed in the early 1980s due to low attendance.

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