Everyone, it seems, is talking about swingin’ Calgary and its free-flowing oil money that is rapidly changing the place into one of the wealthiest cities on the continent.
Maclean’s ran a front-page spread last week that was a very interesting read. But they do keep things real by reminding us that despite its impressive skyline, the growing city is truly “a mass of bland modernity.”
Here are a few other choice quotes, in no particular order:
“Get over it, Toronto. Oil-rich Calgary is the new centre of the universe — and the party’s just getting started,” the magazine says.
“‘Calgary is a city on steroids,’ Vince Wong, the owner of a popular nightclub says. ‘I don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s non-stop.’”
“A vital marker of Calgary money is having at least one other house, with Phoenix or Hawaii being favoured hot-weather destinations. ‘The only way to enjoy Calgary is to leave Calgary,’ Peter Linder, an oil and gas analyst at DeltaOne Capital in Calgary, says, half in jest.”
“The artist Jenny Holzer once created a bold installation piece that read ‘money creates taste.’ The maxim plays out in Calgary.”