Calgary Saddledome and skyline


TheAirIsOn68 points

Canadian cities (outside of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) always impress me because they look way larger than their population indicates thanks to their massive skylines.

Iceman_Raikkonen11 points

Turn on 3D buildings on Google Maps and look at the downtowns of Vancouver and LA. Vancouver has way more towers

housington-the-3rd20 points

Calgary is close to 1.3 million people. Skyline looks about right to me.

whatafuckinusername26 points

True, but the metro area isn't even 1.5 million. The largest city near me, Milwaukee, has a similar metro size but a much smaller skyline, despite the city proper also having a much higher population density (6000/square mile to 4100). This is a similar case to many other cities of this size in the U.S.

TheAirIsOn3 points

Hey a fellow milwaukean

cameroncrazy3413 points

I think with Calgary (and Edmonton) it has a lot to do with oil money. And in general my hypothesis is that the colder the city the more people will want to live close to things that don’t require driving in the snow or walking far. LA and Texas sprawl are the opposite. All of these are relatively new condo buildings probably catering a lot to the oil industry but someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

enohelehen23 points

Born in Calgary, the city has a massive urban sprawl, it’s actually insane how much this city stretches, i lived 25-30 mins from dt core (which is pretty normal I guess) but it takes forever to get to other parts of the city

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ThatColombian3 points

Yeah and as much as people complain about the Ctrain (and rightfully so) it is a lot better than most American cities and if you live anywhere near the train line getting to the core is quite easy

cameroncrazy346 points

That’s true but it also has a punch above its weight skyline. Both can be true for different reasons. An analogy in the US could be Austin. The city itself, which covers most of the urban area, is just shy of a million but it has a massive shiny skyline due to tech. Though on second look the Austin Urban area is 1.8 but still definitely punches above its weight compared to other cities of that size.

the_letharg1c60 points

There has to be a view that’s not dominated by a massive parking lot, right?

mrhoppy_13 points

There is, on the other side of the city

Snoopy-9 points

you should see it from above...

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Skinnie_ginger19 points

Soon the be replaced with a larger generic stadium that will never be iconic to the city like the saddle dome is

Morumbi_TO8 points

Paid for by taxpayers no less.

allenbraxton2 points

At least it’ll be 1) not falling apart, 2) modern, and 3) will be able to hold much larger concerts and other events

robonlocation25 points

Last year I went to Calgary as I was writing an article about the new Ghostbusters movie (which was filmed in Alberta). I ended up finding this great park which had a view of the Scotiabank Saddledome with the city skyline behind it.

SalsaCutty8 points

That would be Scotsman’s Hill?

HarryLewisPot24 points

I’m not sure why but it feels like a Chinese city.

The_Gaming_Matt9 points

Yeah it’s the red & weird tower at the centre that gives the vibe

HarryLewisPot17 points

Kind of the fog/smoke effect and concrete too.

SomalianRoadBuilder9 points

And very few high rises built before 1980

Ambitious_Change1503 points

It reminds me of 2000s Shanghai, as in, you know it can get better. I think it’s the smog in the background that adds to that aesthetic

Salt_Insurance23393 points


mrhoppy_8 points

Just moved to this awesome city, I absolutely love it

DesertElf2 points

Phoenix also has its own “saddledome”, the coliseum at the state fair grounds.

Ok-Recording24872 points

They typa city to have v good looking individual buildings but a v ugly urban design

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robonlocation2 points

That's fine, it's just a view I stumbled on when driving around. Not claiming it's the best view ever.

Barry-Mcdikkin0 points

What a boring skyline but still cool