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Old 04-11-2017, 07:52 PM
 
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Downtown Calgary has been hallowed out and is on life support. The oil bust has really hurt downtown.
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Old 04-11-2017, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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That statement implies it had some life at one point. At best it is an amalgam of concentrated office towers mixed with decent shopping and some restaurants that turned into a ghost town come the end of a working day. Now with the worst oil slump in a generation, the daytime crowds have been reduced.
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Knob Hill
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I'm thinking he's referring to the glut of office space, now about 25% unoccupied?

Not sure why a downtown needs to be vibrant after hours, its not that far to 17th Ave.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:15 AM
 
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I'm thinking he's referring to the glut of office space, now about 25% unoccupied?

Not sure why a downtown needs to be vibrant after hours, its not that far to 17th Ave.
Look at Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto downtowns: they're vibrant day/night, and vibrant downtown makes city exciting and more livable. Dead downtowns are the thing of the 70's and 80, so this city is backward and gets no respect.
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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OP ...... I think that you meant "hollowed out " right ?


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Old 04-12-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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The strange giant rabbits don't mind the oil downturn. They're still everywhere.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Knob Hill
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Yep, got one in the front yard !

Downtown Calgary has been hallowed out-img_4343.jpg
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Jackrabbit!
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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Saw a tumbleweed rolling through the sidewalk in Downtown Calgary last night with five jackrabbits chasing it!
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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I'm not super familiar with downtown Calgary, I'll say that off the top... but, it seems to me that it has somewhat of the same situation as downtown Ottawa: concrete canyon syndrome, due to a lot of office buildings being clustered in a high density without much else in the area (condos, shopping, restaurants, recreation facilities, etc., would bring up the population density and balance out the office high-rises).

Ottawa has been improving the situation by adding infill condo developments. The Lebreton Flats project, west of downtown, will add the new Senators hockey arena plus a lot of condo, retail, and other mixed-use construction to the core of the city, side by side with office space. So there's hope... kinda needs an urban planning strategy. Calgary will see better days though, and probably not before too long. The price of oil is headed higher. Give it a wee bit more time. Those office buildings will fill up again, I am sure of that. As dawn follows the night...
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