Finally. Something is happening here.


Something amazing happened today when I was downtown.  I saw signs of life in one of the most uninviting and forsaken courtyards in all of downtown.

As I was waiting for the light to change, I noticed what I think must be a new sign on a street corner.  Maybe I was paying attention.  Maybe I was not.  Either way it doesn’t matter.

Dating back to the late-1970s/early 1980s this was the location of what was to be the tallest building (at 61 stories) in Calgary back in the day.  When the economy came to a screeching halt in 1980/81, this building was put on ice for what was to be a couple years.  It appears to be more like 30 years instead.  The companion building First Canadian Centre was completed in 1982 and actually was the tallest building for only what I assume was a very brief period of time.  It was surpassed by the Petro-Canada Centre, or Red Square as it was derisively known as in the fall-out period of the National Energy Project (or the NEP) which any long-time resident active in the oil patch will know about.

Looks like things are happening there.  Now we will have three tall buildings in a row.  All under construction at the same time.  Each on a separate block.  Each making designs to be the tallest building in the city.  Each on the same side of the street.  Each on subsequent blocks – starting from Centre Street going west, Telus Sky, Brookfield Place and then this.


The nightmares of traffic congestion in about a year should be horrendous.

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