Topic: calgary at a crossroads


Calgary manners on the wane. Bigger city. Bigger problems

The forgotten thank-you. The door closed in your face. The demise of the courtesy wave on Crowchild. How manners in Calgary are changing as the city gets bigger. And what we can do about it.

Calgary as you've never heard it

It was a time when Killarney was Prairie, Elbow Drive was a cattle trail and Stephen Avenue was the city’s main drag: Listen to these short audio files and you'll never look at Calgary the same way again.

Calgary's lesser known art: statues, paintings, memorials and manhole covers

Have a ramble around the city and check out some art that you've probably walked by a dozen times, and never noticed. Meg Wilcox brings us a list of 10 places in Calgary communities to find art where you might not expect it.

Calgarians share their sacred spaces

When Richard White wrote about his sacred spaces, it generated a lot of responses with Calgarians sharing their special places with us.

How Calgary shaped Paul Brandt's evolution from a 7-year-old 'word nerd' to a country music singer

From Ranchman's, where he was in talent competitions, to the Baptist church and his spiritual awakening, to the confluence of the Bow and Elbow: country music singer Paul Brandt shows us his Calgary — the places in our city that matter the most to him.

Signs of the times: Calgary's evolving identity

From weirdly cute bears wearing cowboy hats, to a Stampede city, to a 'progressive industrial centre'. Calgary's long history of slogans and welcome signs, tells us something about who we were, are and want to be.

Olympic Plaza brick app leads you to your Calgary '88 legacy

Ron McMahon spent four years and more than 1,000 hours geocoding more than 35,000 of the custom donor bricks in Olympic Plaza so you can use your smartphone to find your Calgary ‘88 legacy.

A Calgary Olympic bid: Can it pull us out of the doldrums a second time?

Back in the '80s our city was in the dumps. We were in a recession, oil prices were way down, business vacancy rates were up. And so we threw ourselves a little party. The Winter Olympics. Would another Olympics be just the thing to boost our current collective Calgary fortunes?

Alberta economic downturn: Everything old is new again

The story aired in January 1987, but putting fashion and film quality aside, this news report on the struggling Alberta economy is just as relevant today as it was three decades ago.

A year in Calgary: 3 dramatically different refugee stories for 3 different families

CBC News reconnects with three refugee families we first met a year ago. One woman is thriving in her new home, another family is struggling to even get out of the house, and the third family has left town.

Calgary psychologist gives advice on getting through the downturn

“Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves and that’s exactly what we need to do, for a while. It’s real, honest, and often warranted, too, because life is not fair.” Calgary psychologist Donna Sales on how we can best cope with the downturn. And how, “visiting self-pity for a while is okay, but we can’t stay there.”

Shiny new terminal just the latest in a long line of Calgary airports

Calgary's aviation history has been anchored in numerous hangars and terminals. As YYC prepares to open a new terminal which doubles the size of the airport, it's time to look back at where flying has been based in Calgary over the years.

Denver and the allure it has for millennials

If you've ever travelled to Denver, you may notice it feels a bit like Calgary. And there are similarities. But the city south of the border is attracting millennials by the thousands while Calgary has recently lost some.

Calgary's downturn: a time to teach our children some valuable lessons

Sociologist Caroline McDonald-Harker on how we can use Calgary's economic downturn as a way to bring families together, and teach children some important life skills.

Grappling with Calgary's 'new normal': Moving beyond words in a downturn

“We need to embrace the new normal now. Alberta’s deficit is soaring, thousands and thousands of people have lost their jobs, and we are at risk of falling into a self-perpetuating funk of economic and social stagnation if we don’t start acting soon.” Doug Kirby on some ideas from a recent forum, on how we in Calgary can start shaping our future.

George Brookman on Albertans' growing anger, and Calgary's future

"It is ridiculous that we are not building pipelines to the East and West Coasts. The vast majority of Canadians know that it is short-sighted and poorly thought out, but at least part of the reason for that is Alberta’s own lack of selling itself over the past twenty plus years. We got fat, we got lazy and we quit selling,” George Brookman on what Alberta needs to do next.

Design wars: It's Edmonton vs. Calgary for the architectural cup

While Edmonton is the media darling of late, if you examine the 'battle of two city centres' from an urban design perspective, Calgary might actually be winning. Richard White on the race between Alberta's two biggest cities as they try to outdesign each other.

The crooked heart of Calgary: A quirk of history

Ever noticed that all of Calgary's downtown avenues slant slightly to the southeast? The maps prove it and history tells us that the Canadian Pacific Railway is to blame.

A look down the road, at Calgary's future roads

“Enter my generation, the first in 60 years that sees vehicles as a luxury instead of a necessity.” Willem Klumpenhouwer on how demographic change gives us a chance to redesign our city.

Asphalt history lesson: What Deerfoot, Crowchild and Shaganappi say about Calgary

What a city chooses to name its roadways helps to create its identity and ground it in its past. From First Nations to the North West Mounted Police, Calgary's myriad concrete thoroughfares capture a unique character.

Possible futures for the CP Rail line in downtown Calgary

'The track of the Canadian Pacific Railway is a fundamental part of our urban geography,' says Richard White. But is it an economic link to the world, or a bit of urban blight? And what's the future of the steel rails that run through Calgary's core?

Calgary's dogs through the ages

Loyal friends, military mascots, brave trackers, skilled hunters. Whether they've been trained to help the North West Mounted Police, forced to sit with a biscuit on their nose, or dressed up in baby clothes and plunked in a pram, dogs have long been part Calgary's fabric. Check out these nifty photos of Calgarians and their four-legged friends through the ages.

Calgary's brash brand of NIMBYism and why we pay so much attention to it

Some fear immigrants. Some fear poor people. Some fear trees. They're known, pejoratively, as NIMBYs (an acronym for not-in-my-backyard!) and they've been on full display in Calgary lately.

A look at Calgary's pups on #NationalDogDay 2016

Did you know Calgary has more than 99,500 dogs licensed in the city as of August this year? We take a peek at some of those residents and other interesting facts about dogs in the city.

Calgary's historical buildings hide secrets

When it comes to our city, all is not what it seems — from tin painted to look like sandstone to the steel hidden in our timbers.