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Old Posted Mar 23, 2014, 2:51 PM
Yegger Yegger is offline
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Originally Posted by thebasketballgeek View Post
I have been to Edmonton and I have been to Calgary in summer 2011. Their is one major difference. the amount of people in the inner city. I'm probably way off as I went to Calgary during the stampede so I don't know about that. Also now the new arena will be in downtown so that may make it more lively on occasions. Anyways when I went to Calgary their was a lot of people downtown. I didn't for a whole day so I saw it for a few hours because my hotel was in Lake Louise. During that time in Calgary it seemed so lively and this area was right next to a surface parking lot. While in Edmonton I stayed for 2 nights their because we got a good deal at the coast Edmonton house. The downtown was dead basically the whole time. For me it seemed like the West Edmonton Mall area was actually the more lively area. Well in 3 years it might have changed I don't know.
Hah. I wish Calgary during stampede was indicative of the city at other times, but yeah...that's a pretty special case. One of the things that shocked me about Edmonton was actually the activity downtown off business hours. Edmonton can't compete with Calgary during a weekday, there just isn't the workforce flooding the core here. That being said, Edmonton has less of a massive business district thing going on and in my opinion suffers less from the 9-5 phenomenon. And yeah, I moved here in 2011 and both cities have gotten much better. Part of what I meant by the distinct evolution of the cities is that Calgary has been building a premier business district and the neighbourhood aspect is coming more now, but secondary. The residential and neighbourhood amenity aspect is more prominent in Edmonton where it's hard to compete with Calgary on the corporate level.

And yeah, many other cities get ignored too, I'm just most familiar with these two and the imbalance between them is significant
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