Monday, November 16, 2015

Cool 1960s Map of Calgary

I found this cool map while browsing Reddit. You can really get an idea of how some of the outlying areas that used to be connected via rail were in their own self tiny towns. Forest Lawn, Midnapore, of course Bowness, overall lying areas that were eventually consumed by the growing city. Can also see another airport up on the hill by what is now WestHills. Really amazing to see how this city is grown such a short period of time it makes you wonder what it will look like in the next 50 years.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Uber to Calgary

Ridesharing service Uber is trying to make inroads in Calgary. The only problem? The taxi commission. Taxis basically run the town when it comes to their services. On one hand it's because taxi medallions are pretty petty and to lose that exclusivity means many people who rely on this investment may lose it all. On the other hand, taxes are both expensive and in high demand periods they aren't available. It doesn't help matters that there are routine stories of for taxi service. In comes Uber, which for most major cities in North America the Service is no problem. For some reason they run up against a wall in Calgary. The City is trying to enforce their taxi bylaws and are behind the eight ball when it comes to innovating their policies. They are trying to figure out a way to accommodate the new service which at this point seems to be unstoppable. It's going to roll out in the city is just a matter of what kind of policies will be in place to govern. Insurance doesn't seem to be a problem because Uber drivers are required to hold a certain level of insurance and Uber themselves has over two and a half times the required minimum of insurance coverage. One things for sure, consumers will demand a Service that ends up being cheaper any be readily available in comparison to the existing taxi system. The flip side of this or the Uber Driver themselves. Although may seem attractive at first to become a driver, for the the most part there suggest you can't make an honest living by driving alone. The costs are too high and the Commission is too low.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just a wee funnel hits Calgary

Scary moments in Calgary as multiple funnel clouds swirled around the city on July 22. No damage from the twister that touched down somewhere around Priddis (SW of the City). Here are some shots of the afternoon.

Calgary Funnel Cloud July 22, 2015 from Imaginea Energy on Vimeo.

I happened to be shooting a time-lapse of a thunderstorm approaching down town from the 26th floor of Jamieson Place. This storm produced a large funnel cloud that lasted several minutes. In the wide angle shot you can see the strong rotation in the clouds on the left, which is where the funnel cloud formed moments later. Then I went tighter on where the funnel cloud formed. If only those darn buildings would have moved out of the way!
Wes Pohl,
Imaginea Energy Corp.

What to do with the massive hail that fell in some areas in South Calgary? Drinks of course.

Monday, February 16, 2015

World Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Another accolade for Calgary's mayor. Naheed Nenshi won the award for world mayor put on by the 'World Mayor' association. The award holds some clout, only just for writing rates, as there are number of big names and cities on the list for prior winners. Congrats, hopefully that's secondary suit proposal can go through at some point....

Monday, September 22, 2014

YYC Snowgeddon

The crack of dawn it was the smoke alarm that woke me up. The power of the note for who knows how long and it was beeping to let me know. Take a quick look outside because I realize it was a little too quiet. It was dark out there as it was inside. Immediately I noticed there was a problem, snow is falling but not only that it was a wet and heavy snow. Take me only an instant to realize that they have a snow is bending trees and there was damage already at five in the morning. Quickly putting on my snow pants and jacket, the work to save trees began in earnest lasting until noon. Entire neighborhoods lost significant tree cover, especially older neighborhoods, as Calgarians woke up to Snowgeddon 2014. The trees still have their leaves so the accumulating snow just toppled mature branches. Damage to trees alone is hard to estimate, but we'll be cleaning this one up for a month.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Calgary 2014 Stampede Wraps

For a July (which is a Summer month), this one was to remember (at least up to this point). Last year only 1 or 2 days above 30 degrees. This July? SUnny skies nearly every single day. Limited rain in June. That means a lot of happy people hanging out in the streets. More neighborhood parties, more people going to the mountains, and also lots of people heading to the Stampede. If you're from Calgary then you do one of three things during the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'. 1) You leave the city, 2) you do all the Stampede events, 3) you say you're not going but then you cave and head to eat the scorpion pizza. The events from rodeo to the midway to the games to the chucks to the grandstand show attract millions. There's millions of dollars to be won and free food (not on the grounds!) in those delightful tiny wieners and pancakes. The city really does transform as I was taking in this year. People really do wear way more denim and cowboy hats. It's nice to see how folks gather around a particular event and take in its identity. Some take it way too far, but most genuinely have a great time in the sunshine. Cheers to good weather for the remainder of Summer! Yahoo!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Calgary's Post Flood one year later

Seems like yesterday for some, but it was one year ago that the floods hit Calgary. Some stunning before and after photos here. The city was certainly changed by the damage, but also by the resilience of our citizens. The rebuild continues, but the strength of the communities, especially around the damaged areas, has grown. hey, keep you ears peeled for a local neighborhood block or community party. Quite a few celebrations happening across our city.