The Beltline is a region of central Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The area is located immediately to the south of Calgary’s downtown (south of 9th Avenue and the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks), and is sometimes considered part of downtown. The neighbourhood is bounded on the south by 17th Avenue, on the west by 14th Street West and on the east by the Elbow River.
The City of Calgary recognizes four smaller neighbourhoods in Beltline including West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Crossing Centre and East Victoria Crossing. They are areas of equal north-south orientation and divided by 8 Street SW, 4 Street SW, Macleod Trail (1 Street SE) and the Elbow River.
The eastern portion of the Beltline is part of the large Rivers District. This area includes the eastern section of the Beltline (the Victoria Park portion), the downtown neighbourhood of the Downtown East Village, the Stampede Grounds, the Calgary Zoo, and Fort Calgary. Like the Beltline, the East Village is at the forefront of major revitalization initiatives, thus making the Rivers District a candidate for potential new and rejuvenated development. The East Village has been regarded as undesirable, mainly due to its proximity to the only remaining industrial area in the downtown area and the railway. Social problems such as drugs and prostitution are common in the East Village. Part of the city’s revitalization plan includes a large urban campus for the University of Calgary.