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Old 05-19-2007, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Denver and Calgary. Those cities are culturally and geographically very similar. Denver isn't exactly the wild west--but neither is Calgary, for that matter. They are both boom and bust economies and more Heartland kind of towns.
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:21 PM
 
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Denver and Calgary. Those cities are culturally and geographically very similar. Denver isn't exactly the wild west--but neither is Calgary, for that matter. They are both boom and bust economies and more Heartland kind of towns.
its amazing how much the qwest tower in denver resembles clagary's petro-can tower...at least from a distance.

both cities are enjoying a condo boom at the moment as well.

very vibrant cities, and very politically similar...i would say that both lean a little bit libertarian (denver legalizing pot, and calgary may be canada's least socialist city, but it ain't abeline texas, or even grand rapids michigan)

Differences--

denver is twice as big as calgary though, although you'd never guess that from comparing the two city's almost identical-sized skylines.

Denver has more blacks and latinos, Calgary more asians and aboriginals.

Denver has way more freeways, calgary just as 1 interstate-grade freeway (deerfoot trail)

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edmonton on the other hand, what u.s cities compare to that one?
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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I know that Calgary and Edmonton both have major Mormon populations--which Denver doesn't. But what Denver lacks in Mormonism it makes up for in Evangelicalism a la Focus on the Family.

Maybe Fargo would be akin to Edmonton? How about Kansas City? Minneapolis is probably too sophisticated for ol' Alberta.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:15 PM
 
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I know that Calgary and Edmonton both have major Mormon populations--which Denver doesn't. But what Denver lacks in Mormonism it makes up for in Evangelicalism a la Focus on the Family.

Maybe Fargo would be akin to Edmonton? How about Kansas City? Minneapolis is probably too sophisticated for ol' Alberta.
edmonton has next to no mormons, calgary does'nt have many although there are some surrounding towns like tabor and cardston that have considerable LDS pressence. i wouldnt call alberta a major centre of mormonism however.

Calgary does have more evangelical "megachurchs" per capita than any other canadian city.

minneapolis and calgary are similar in sophistication i would say. but edmonton is a little too drab to be compared to the minny. st paul might be a good comparison, i mean, both are among the coldest cities in their respective nations, both have medium skylines and just have that boxy/blocky cold lack of character (at least compared to other cities)

as for edmonton and KC....well, both are dominated by a blue glass 80s skyscraper. i guess you could also say that both cities represent the typical "norm" in their respective countries. (KC is genuine middle america, not wildly conservative, but not too liberal either...just a typical blue collar footballer city...and edmonton, also moderate politically by canadian standards...just an average sized snowy hockey city that is probably similar to the general image of how non-canadians think a canadian city should be like)

and yes, eddy does also seem like a big fargo...but with ukrainians rather than norsemen...they dont call it edmonchuk for nothing
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Alberta
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Well, everyone has already said it pretty well so I can't really add much to it.
I have heard that Vancouver tries hard to be California. Toronto tries hard to be New York. Calgary has a cowboy feel to it like Houston or San Antonio, but the city is not very exciting, it's probably more like Denver. Montreal I heard is more like a European city....so I don't know.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Indiana Uplands
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I have an interesting comparison regarding towns in Canada compared with the US.
Sudsbury, Ontario= Nickel Mining Area similar economically to
The Iron Range region of Minnesota (Iron-Ore Mining) which = Grand Rapids, Chisholm, Hibbing, Iron Mountain, and Virgina.
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:55 PM
 
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vancouver = a cloudy san diego....
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Longueuil, Quebec/Brooklyn, NY
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I grew up in Calgary and lived in Dallas for a few years. Calgary may look like Denver but I was struck at how much Dallas and Calgary feel like each other. Both have that boomtown, corporate feel overlaid with conservative evangelicalism.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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If we're just comparing the cities themselves and not their geographical locations, I've always thought that my city of North Bay, Ontario was similar to Bellingham, Washington in many ways.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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As a trucker i think of the roads,toronto is like newyork city,if newyork city had decent roads.most of canada if you ignore the french spelled signs and metric signs is like the usa,fast food joints and big stores and people driving to fast.im not impressed by most city buildings,big square things or square glass things,older citys tend to look dirty and like people there dont care.
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