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John Byrne
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 6:18am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Calgary must really have taken a nose dive since I lived there!!
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Christopher Frost
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Posted: 14 October 2018 at 8:46pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Don't get me wrong, like any city it has it good parts and it bad ones. The thing is that the city has had a lot of growing pains over the past twenty years or so. In the mid 90's and early 2000's, the city boomed economically and that brought with it a host of problems. The population exploded to over a million people, crime increased,  the housing market couldn't keep up so rents and property values went crazy and the city began to spread out rapidly at a pace the infrastructure couldn't keep pace with.

 The economic  troubles of 2008 and the collapse of oil pricing about five years ago also took their toll as Calgary has always had a large interest in the oil industry. So today we have a situation where unemployment in Calgary continues to be well above the national average (8.2% in Calgary vs. 5.8% nationally according to the news the other night), many outlying communities lack access to local schooling (as the house went up faster than the amenities could keep up), lack of transit in those areas for the same reasons, roadways that can't adequately accommodate the excess volume (as they were designed decades ago for a much lower population), etc. Downtown became something of a ghost town for a while when many of the oil companies based there laid off huge numbers of staff which in turn caused a number of smaller business like stores and eateries to close their doors due to lower customer traffic. 

 On top of this, drug usage and related crime has been increasing significantly over the past decade. Murders are more common than they used to be, unthinkable crimes like home invasions and carjackings are taking place. The opoid crisis has hit the city particularly hard recently.

Now, it's not all doom and gloom. The economy is improving, though behind the national average (due to the over reliance on the oil industry), and the city still boasts a number of good points.

Bottom line is that we aren't Detroit but we're hardly the shining jewel of the prairies that the tourism folks would have you believe.
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