"Calgary started out, of course, as the railhead for western ranching and a jump-off for various gold rushes in the late 19th century. Now it has become an archetypal city of immense glass boxes in a sterilized center surrounded by an asteroid belt of beige residential subdivisions -- sort of like what Rochester, New York, would be like if it had an economy. "
I grew up in Calgary, lived there from 1980-1991. Last time I went back in 1998 I was horrified at what it had turned into.
When we moved there our house was at the edge of the city. There are pictures of our backyard and a horizon of dirt. Now it's been totally consumed by miles and miles of suburbia. When I went back we went driving and vast swathes of the city are just endless stripmalls and identi-kit mansions. The number of SUVs and trucks there is terrifying. Sad.
But the meat was pretty good.
I'm planning on a return visit early next year. Any Calgarians want to tell me how much more it's changed in the last 7 years?
same thing happening to a lot of places. i'm shocked everytime i visit my hometown. the huge expanses of wilderness we had around our house several years ago is completely gone. replaced by thousands of identical housing units. this is tucson, AZ. the population has been increasing steadly at the rate of about 130,000-150,000 people every 10 years.